Exergaming, or technology-driven physical exercise, has gained popularity in recent years. Its applications include physical education, health promotion, and rehabilitation. Although studies have obtained promising results regarding the positive effects of exergaming, the outcomes of exergaming for different populations remain undetermined. Inconsistencies in the literature on this topic have multiple potential explanations, including the content and demand of the exergames and the capability of the exergamer. A model with a sound theoretical framework is required to facilitate matching between games and gamers. This article proposes a relational model based on a matrix of Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains and the performance components of exergames. Appropriate matching of the physical demands of an exergame and the ability of the exergamer would enhance the effective usage of exergaming for individuals with various needs. This theory-based exergame model is developed to promote the general development, physical status, and psychosocial well-being of students, older adults, and individuals with rehabilitation needs. This model may provide a resource for future research on the application, effectiveness, and design of exergaming. Copyright © 2023 Chow and Mann.
CitationChow, D. H. K., & Mann, S. K. F. (2023). Exergaming and education: A relational model for games selection and evaluation. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, Article 1197403. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1197403
- Model of exergame
- Bloom’s taxonomy
- Exergame selection
- Health and well-being