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Motivational Foundations of Game-Based Learning

Intrinsic Motivation
“Core elements of game design, including challenge, curiosity, and fantasy, are thought to be intrinsically motivating for players.” (Plass et al., 2015)
Values and Interests
“Several motivational theories focus on the values and interests of learners. For example, expectancy-value theories (e.g., Eccles et al., 1998) identify different motivational components that can provide value to a learning task and focus on the specific outcomes that learners expect and what value they place on those outcomes.

A number of game design elements, such as game mechanics, mode of play, and the use of badges, can affect the situational interest experienced by the learner.” (Plass et al., 2015)
Achievement-Related Goals
“… these results indicate a need for considering students’ achievement orientation and interest when designing educational games, but more research is needed in this area.” (Plass et al., 2015)

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