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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Training moral sensitivity through video games: a review of suitable game mechanisms
Organization Unit
  • Johannes Katsarov
  • Markus Christen
  • David Schmocker
  • Carmen Tanner
  • Ralf Mauerhofer
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Games and Culture
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Geographical Reach international
Volume 14
Number 4
Page Range 344 - 366
Date 2019
Abstract Text The goal of this study is to support game designers in the selection and implementation of game mechanisms to promote players’ moral sensitivity. A lack of moral sensitivity may lead people to behave unethically, without awareness for their actions’ moral implications. In this study, we conduct a theory-based evaluation of 20 distinct game mechanisms in view of their potential to promote moral sensitivity. Moral sensitivity is thereby operationalized in terms of three learning outcomes: Empathic concern for relevant groups, alertness to values/principles, and awareness for one’s vulnerability to biases. This study suggests that moral sensitivity is best promoted through a careful combination of game mechanisms, addressing all three learning outcomes.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1177/1555412017719344
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Keywords game-based learning, moral education, ethics, moral sensitivity, moral awareness