Word score: A serious vocabulary game for primary school underachievers

Petra Fisser, Joke Voogt, M. Bom

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This paper describes a study of “Word Score”, a serious game designed to extend the vocabulary of pupils in upper primary school in the Netherlands. Word Score was used in one school community as part of the national project “Educational Time Extension” (ETE). In ETE class time is extended beyond normal school hours with the aim of improving the learning outcomes of under-performing pupils. The study showed that the use of Word Score can be effective during ETE. The vocabulary of the pupils who played the game outside the regular class time significantly increased. The experiences of both pupils and teachers were very positive. The pupils liked playing Word Score and the teachers were very enthusiastic about the game and the pupils’ results
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-178
Number of pages14
JournalEducation and information technologies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2013


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