I have just returned from a meeting with my colleague Dr David Miller from the University of Dundee. I went to David some time ago with my Dr Kawashima idea along with a rough sketch of the methodology that I hoped to use. Those early meetings led to David coming on board to partner me on the work that I have been doing in putting Dr Kawashima for the Nintendo DS into schools.
We carried out a small scale intervention last year and this had such a dramatic impact that it was decided that Learning and Teaching Scotland would fund a much more extensive study in terms of increasing the sample size. As a result we put 16 class sets of Nintendo DS into schools across Scotland and used 16 classes as control groups. Pre and post tests were used to gather the data and since the project finished David has been doing the number crunching as well as beginning to tutor me in the art of SPSS!
This post is just a wee announcement to say that the results so far appear to be very interesting and significant. I don't want to say too much at this stage because we are sharing the results at a seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival on 25th September but what I would say is that the initial study received a wee bit of criticism due to the small sample, however, this extended sample size will undoubtedly allow us to make a much more solid case for what we have found. And what we have found is most certainly of interest to teachers, schools, education managers and even higher I believe. Oh, the games industry might want to take note too....
It'd be great to see you at SLF '08 and even better if you can get along to hear how Dr Kawashima CAN make an impact on children's learning.