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Video Games

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed regarding the use of video games as an educational tool in school. (93483)

In 2005 the Department commissioned a review of existing research into the role of electronic games in learning (Kirriemuir 2005, 2005b).

In 2006 the Department commissioned the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) to produce a publication that gave an overview of the current use of games in learning, the impact of such approaches on learning and importantly the needs of the teacher in this context. The publication released by ELSPA on 4 October 2006, “Unlimited Learning: Computer and video games in the learning landscape”, offers a snapshot of what is happening across education and, importantly, offers an evidence base from which informed decisions can be taken by industry and education alike.