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Trends and gaps in empirical research on gamification in science education: A systematic review of the literature

Muteeb Alahmari 1, Malek Turki Jdaitawi 2 * , Abeer Rasheed 2, Rania Abduljawad 2, Elham Hussein 3, Mohammad Alzahrani 2, Noha Awad 2

CONT ED TECHNOLOGY, Volume 15, Issue 3, Article No: ep431

Submitted: 10 February 2023, Published Online: 11 April 2023

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Digital technology development has led to the creation of various learning options in the science education field. Technology such as gamification has been used in several science areas, uncovering diverse benefits regarding its usage. However, more research is needed to understand how gamification enhances students learning in science fields. Therefore, this study review presented an overview of gamification usage in the science education field literature and focused on research indexed in several international databases. 31 studies were included for review. The results showed that most of the studies presented positive outcomes as gamification proved to be effective with science education students. The study also indicated that most gamification studies were mostly used to enhance students’ learning skills in science education. The results of this study provide valuable data regarding technology techniques to enhance students’ skills in science education. Further research is needed to cover areas that are not widely investigated in gamification literature.



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