In January 2015, Cynthia Carter Ching, presented lessons learned about her research into the use of gaming to impact youth health at a two-day Cyberlearning Summit sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Watch this presentation by Cynthia Carter Ching recorded on October 14, 2013 at a colloquium sponsored by Cognition & Development and SESAME programs at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.
In the presentation titled “Games, Learning, Health and Socio-Politics: Lessons Learned from Exploratory Research on Fitness Gaming with Underserved Youth,” Ching outlines findings from the first year of her NSF-funded cyberlearning grant.
In a highly competitive national competition, FCD makes only five awards each year. With the funding he received with the award, Gee will examine over the next two years the impact of food insecurity on children’s developmental outcomes, focusing particularly on low-income and children of color in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-09.
Led by associate professor Cynthia Carter Ching, this one-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation as an EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) project, brings together learning sciences and health researchers with professional game designers to develop a behavioral change model for physical activity-monitor gaming that is thus far unique in the existing literatures on games and learning, games for health, and health education/intervention.
Few would argue that education exists in a vacuum. There are many elements at work that impact the ability of students to learn. Poverty, gender, and ethnicity are common factors affecting education.
However, one vital ingredient that is frequently overlooked is health. UC Davis School of Education’s Assistant Professor Kevin Gee’s research sheds much-needed light on this connection between a student’s health and their learning abilities.
An expert on the link between children’s health and educational outcomes, Kevin Gee, assistant professor in the UC Davis School of Education, is presenting his research on the impact of a policy in Arkansas aimed at reducing teenage obesity at the Fall 2013 conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management on November 7.
As any parent knows, video games are a fact of life. So, too, is the childhood obesity epidemic in America. According to UC Davis School of Education Professor Cynthia Carter Ching, it is easy to blame one for the other.
But Ching and other researchers are turning this equation on its head in a new project that uses gaming to put youth in charge of their health.