Digital game-based education for Syrian refugee children: Project Hope

Selcuk Sirin, Jan Plass, Bruce D. Homer, Sinem Vatanartiran, Tzuchi Tsai

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Abstract

Turkey is the top refugee-hosting country in the world, with more than three million registered Syrian refugees. An international research team was the first to document the educational and mental health needs of Syrian refugee children, finding that an overwhelming majority are not enrolled in school in Turkey, partly as a result of language barriers, and that about half suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or depression. The present study was designed as an innovative intervention using an online, game-based learning intervention for refugee children, named Project Hope. Data gathered from a controlled field experiment show significant improvements in Turkish language acquisition, coding, executive functioning and overall sense of hopefulness. Implications for policy, practice and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-18
Number of pages12
JournalVulnerable Children and Youth Studies
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

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Keywords

  • Digital games
  • Executive functions
  • Game-based curriculum
  • Mental health
  • Refugee children
  • Syrian Refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Digital game-based education for Syrian refugee children : Project Hope. / Sirin, Selcuk; Plass, Jan; Homer, Bruce D.; Vatanartiran, Sinem; Tsai, Tzuchi.

In: Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, 02.01.2018, p. 7-18.

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Sirin, Selcuk ; Plass, Jan ; Homer, Bruce D. ; Vatanartiran, Sinem ; Tsai, Tzuchi. / Digital game-based education for Syrian refugee children : Project Hope. In: Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2018 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 7-18.
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