A study on the use of hidden object game in acquiring English vocabulary among tertiary level students / Nur Safura Ab. Ghaffar

Ab. Ghaffar, Nur Safura (2014) A study on the use of hidden object game in acquiring English vocabulary among tertiary level students / Nur Safura Ab. Ghaffar. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.

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Abstract

In this 21st century, rapid changes can be seen throughout the lifestyles of our society due to the emergence of technology and multimedia. These changes can also be seen within our education system where constant use of presentations, slides, videos, audio files, and others are used as tools in teaching especially at the tertiary level. Computer games have also found their ways into the world of learning where they were once cast aside as they are considered distracters to students. Nowadays, learning with the aid of games has become an inclination in the education system as they steadily yield positive reactions from various groups of people and stakeholders. Thus, this study intends to investigate the effectiveness of using a hidden object game in vocabulary acquisition among tertiary level students. Secondly, the game is also used as a tool in identifying how images portrayed in the game helped in students' vocabulary acquisition. 30 undergraduate students from various universities and colleges in Malaysia were selected as participants of the study. A mixed-method approach was employed with the use of pre- and post-tests, interviews, and self-report checklists as the instruments. The findings revealed that a majority of the students showed significant results in their mean scores. Various factors were discovered from the interviews pertaining to how images helped in students' vocabulary acquisition. These factors include the role of images as referential connections, visual cues, memory enhancers, motivational factor, and also as activation agents for students' background schemata. In addition, the findings from the students' self-report checklists on the use of the game indicate a relationship between the length and number of times of using the game.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technology and multimedia; Education system; Computer games in education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Computers in education. Information technology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Child study > Play, games, etc. > Malaysia
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitan 3
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 01:50
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 01:50
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/14704

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