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A Study on the Attitude toward Online Game-based Edutainment

온라인게임 기반 에듀테인먼트에 관한 태도 연구

  • Received : 2012.03.26
  • Accepted : 2012.04.16
  • Published : 2012.04.30

Abstract

Edutainment refers to the form of entertainment designed to educate as well as to amuse. It typically seeks to instruct its audience by embedding messages or educational contents in some familiar form of entertainment such as computer games, films, websites, multimedia software, etc. The purpose of this study is to identify the determinants of attitude toward online game-based edutainment. This study proposes the attitude, fun, usefulness, social interaction, challenge, and educational story as major research variables, and collected the survey responses from game players having experiences with online game-based edutainment. Factor analysis confirmed that 19 questions can be categorized into 6 factors : attitude, fun, usefulness, social interaction, challenge, and educational story. Regression analysis shows that fun, usefulness and educational story significantly and directly affect the attitude toward these edutainment games, and that educational story influences the level of usefulness. In addition, challenge and social interaction were found to have significant impact on fun. In conclusion, the wider implications of the findings for utilizing online game-based edutainment are provided.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 방송통신위원회