Part IV of Dissertation Research Series
Hays (2005) conducted a meta-analysis examining the effectiveness of games for instructional purposes. Hays concluded that games can be effective, but the research did not support that they were more effective than other well-designed instructional methods, especially because the empirical research is fragmented, with many different types of games and tasks, and methodological issues (Hays, 2005). While games can be effective, the results should not be generalized to mean that games are effective for all instruction, with different types of games and learners. The analysis also revealed that the instructional support provided around games is important to improving the effectiveness of the gaming experience (Hays, 2005).