Research Articles & Chapters

Quest Atlantis provides new break-through insights into how children learn as well as enhances the different ways in which we are supporting them in developing their own sense of purpose as individuals, as members of their communities, and as knowledgeable citizens of the world. Our research focuses on understanding the pedagogical and motivational impact of the medium, differences among genders and from different socio-economic backgrounds, the relationship between play and learning, the challenges in maintaining and participating in a globally-distributed online community, how to best facilitate the meaningful crossing of multiple life worlds, and how different design features of the project impact children's participation. Feel free to browse the list of research articles.

Barab, S. A., Pettyjohn, P., Gresalfi, M., Volk, C., & Solomou, M. (2012). Game-based curriculum and transformational play: Designing to meaningfully positioning person, content, and context. Computers & Education, 5, 518-533.

Gresalfi, M. & Barab, S. A. (2011). Learning for a reason: Supporting forms of engagement by designing tasks and orchestrating environments. Theory Into Practice, 50(4), 300-310.

Peppler, K., A. & Solomou, M. (2011). Building Creativity: Collaborative Learning and Creativity in Social Media Environments. On The Horizon, Vol. 19(1), 13 - 23.

Siyahhan, S., Barab, S. A., & James, C. (2011). Youth and the ethics of identity play in virtual spaces. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 22(1), 111-138.

Barab, S.A., Dodge, T., Ingram-Goble, A., Volk, C., Peppler, K., Pettyjohn, P., & Solomou, M. (2010). Pedagogical dramas and transformational play: Narratively-rich games for learning. Mind, Culture, and Activity 17(3), 235–264.

Barab, S.A., Gresalfi, M.S., & Ingram-Goble, A. (2010). Transformational play: Using games to position person, content, and context. Educational Researcher, 39(7), 525-536.

Barab, S. A., Dodge, T., Ingram-Goble, I., & Gresalfi, M. (2010). Narratizing disciplines and disciplinizing narratives: Games as 21st century curriculum. International Journal for Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 2(1), 17-30.

Siyahhan, S., Barab, S. A., & Downton, M. P. (2010). Using activity theory to understand intergenerational play: The case of Family Quest. Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 5, 415-432.

Barab, S., Dodge, T., Ingram-Goble, A., Volk, C., Peppler, K., Pettyjohn, P., Solomou, M. (2009). Pedagogical Dramas and Transformational Play: Narratively-Rich Games for Education.. In I.A. Iurgel, N. Zagalo, and P. Petta (Eds.), Interactive Storytelling (pp. 332-335). Heidelberg, Springer Berlin.

Thomas, M.K., Barab, S.A., Tuzun, H. (2009).Developing Critical Implementations of Technology-Rich Innovations: A Cross-Case of the Implementation of Quest Atlantis.. J. Educational Computing Research, 41(2) pp. 125-153.

Warren, S.J., Stein, R.A., Dondlinger, M.J., Barab, S.A. A Look Inside a MUVE Design Process: Blending Instructional Design and Game Principles to Target Writing Skills.. J. Educational Computing Research, 40(3) pp. 295-321, 2009.

Barab, S. A., Gresalfi, M., & Arici, A. (2009). Why educators should care about games.. Educational Leadership 67(1), pp. 76-80.

Barab, S. A., Gresalfi, M., & Arici, A. (2009). Why educators should care about games (Chinese).. Educational Leadership 67(1), pp. 76-80.

Barab, S. A., Scott, B., Siyahhan, S. Goldstone, R., Ingram-Goble, A., Zuiker, S., & Warren, S. (2009). Transformational play as a curricular scaffold: Using videogames to support science education. Journal of Science Education and Technology.

Gresalfi, M., Barab, S. A., Siyahhan, S., & Christensen, T. (2009). Virtual worlds, conceptual understanding, and me: Designing for consequential engagement. On the Horizon, 17(1), 21-34.

Barab, S. A.,, Gresalfi, M., Ingram-Goble, A., Jameson, E., Hickey, D., Akram, S., & Kizer, S. (2009). Transformational play and Virtual worlds: Worked examples from the Quest Atlantis project. International Journal of Learning and Media, 1(2), URL:

Hickey, D., Ingram-Goble, A., & Jameson, E. (2009). Designing Assessments and Assessing Designs in Virtual Educational Environments. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 18, 187-208.

Dodge, T., Barab, S., Stuckey, B., Warren, S., Heiselt, C., & Stein, R. (2008). Children’s sense of self: Learning and meaning in the digital age. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 19(2), 225–249..

Barab, S., Warren, S., & Ingram-Goble, A. (2008). Conceptual play spaces. In R. Ferdig (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education (pp. 1-20). Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global publications.

Barab, S., Dodge, T., Tuzun, H., Job-Sluder, K., Jackson, C., Arici, A., Job-Sluder, L., Carteaux, R., Jr., Gilbertson, J., & Heiselt, C. (2007). The Quest Atlantis Project: A socially-responsive play space for learning. In B. E. Shelton & D. Wiley (Eds.), The Educational Design and Use of Simulation Computer Games (pp. 159-186). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Warren, S., Barab, S. A., & Dondlinger, M. J. (2008). A MUVE Towards PBL Writing: Effects of a digital learning environment designed to improve elementary student writing. Journal of Research on Technology in Education,41(1), 121-147.

Barab, S. A., Dodge, T., Thomas, M, Jackson, C., & Tuzun, H. (2007). Our designs and the social agendas they carry. Journal of the Learning Sciences,16(2), 263-305.

Barab, S. A., Zuiker, S., Warren, S., Hickey, D., Ingram-Goble, A., Kwon, E-J., Kouper, I., & Herring, S. C. (2007). Situationally embodied curriculum: Relating formalisms to contexts. Science Education, 91(5), 750-592.

Barab, S. A., Sadler, T., Heiselt, C., Hickey, D., & Zuiker, S. (2007). Relating narrative, inquiry, and inscriptions: A framework for socio-scientific inquiry. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 16(1), 59-82.

Barab, S, A., & Dede, C. (2007). Games and immersive participatory simulations for science education: An emerging type of curricula. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 16(1), 1-3.

Barab, S. A. (2006). A methodological toolkit for the learning sciences. In K. Sawyer (ed.) Handbook of the Learning Sciences (pp. 153-170), Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

Sadler, T.D., Barab, S.A., & Scott, B. (2006). What do students gain by engaging in socioscientific inquiry? Research in Science Education.

Barab, S. A., Jackson, C., & Piekarsky, E. (2006). Embedded professional development: Learning through enacting innovation. In C. Dede (Ed.), Online professional development for teachers: Emerging models & methods (pp.155-174). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Press.

Barab, S. & Jackson, C. (2006, January 20). From Plato’s Republic to Quest Atlantis: The role of the philosopher-king. THEN: Journal (Technology, Humanities, Education, Narrative), 2 Article 2. Retrieve from

Lim, C., Nonis, D., & Hedberg, J. (2006). Gaming in a 3D multiuser virtual environment: Engaging students in science lessons. British Journal of Educational Technology, 37(2), 211-231.

Tuzun, H. (2006). Egitsel bilgisayar oyunlari ve bir örnek: Quest Atlantis (Educational computer games and a case: Quest Atlantis). Hacettepe Universitesi Egitim Fakültesi Dergisi, 30, 220-229.

Young, M. F., Schrader, P. G., & Zheng, D. (2006, April 1). MMOGs as learning environments: An ecological journey into Quest Atlantis and Sims Online. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 2(4). Retrieved April 1, 2006 from

Barab, S. A., Arici, A., & Jackson, C. (2005). Eat your vegetables and do your homework: A design-based investigation of enjoyment and meaning in learning. Educational Technology 45(1), 15-21.

Barab, S., Thomas, M., Dodge, T., Carteaux, R., & Tuzun, H. (2005). Making learning fun: Quest Atlantis, a game without guns. Educational Technology Research and Development, 53(1), 86-107.

Barab, S. A., Thomas, M., Dodge, T., Squire, K., & Newell, M. (2004). Critical design ethnography: Designing for change. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 35(2), 254-268.

Borner, K., & Penumarthy, S. (2003). Social diffusion patterns in three-dimensional virtual worlds. Information Visualization, 2003(2), 182-198.

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