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Forfás urges game based learning in Irish schools

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Prepared at the request of Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Forfás* has published a new report in co-ordination with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

From the point of view of MissionV the report includes two particularly interesting action points for Discover Science & Engineering and T4 Technology Subjects Supports Services respectively -

 
(1) Promote Awareness at Primary and Secondary School

“Develop and implement a series of initiatives at primary and secondary level that can take advantage of the ‘cool’ characteristics of the games sector that would stimulate greater interest in the STEM subjects given their direct relevance to the games and digital content sectors, and that would promote a greater understanding of the sector as a professional, highly skilled sector”. ~ Page 51, Section 2.9

 
(2) Game Based Learning

“Consider the introduction of game-based learning to the primary and secondary school curriculum to develop team work and problem solving abilities, and at the same time create a test bed within the Irish education system for innovative ‘serious games’ developers and elearning companies based in Ireland”. ~ Page 51, Section 2.10

 

*  Forfás is Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.

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