A1 Journal article (refereed)
What’s the name of the game? : Historiallinen empatia ja pelillisyys historian opetuksessa (2019)
What’s the name of the game? : Historical empathy and gamification in history teaching

Rautiainen, M., & Veijola, A. (2019). What’s the name of the game? : Historiallinen empatia ja pelillisyys historian opetuksessa. Ainedidaktiikka, 3(2), 69-86. https://doi.org/10.23988/ad.79670

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All authors or editorsRautiainen, Matti; Veijola, Anna

Journal or seriesAinedidaktiikka


Publication year2019


Issue number2

Pages range69-86

PublisherSuomen ainedidaktinen tutkimusseura ry.

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66571


Objectives of history teaching has been under changes in curricula of basic education and general upper secondary school during the past two decades in Finland. Alongside with history contents, history skills and active, democratic citizenship are emphasized in the curricula. In addition, new teaching methods have been implemented. In this article we study history teaching in general upper secondary school based on a teaching experiment, in which historical empathy and gamification were used. In an eight-hour game students solved the mystery of Kultaranta shootings in 1957. Data was collected via on-line questionaire and interviews. Data was analysed from the viewpoint of James Endacott and Sarah Brooks' definition for historical empathy. According to the results, students’ interpretations were based on cognitive process, and perspective taking as well as affective connection were in margin.

Keywordshistoryteaching and instructionlearninggeneral upper secondary schoolgamificationempathyeducational methodsgames

Free keywordsgamification; historical empathy; history learning; history teaching; upper secondary school

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2019

JUFO rating1

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