The Research Behind the
How? Where? Why?
There is a growing interest in using game-based assessment to measure the performance of skills and capabilities!
Game-based assessments are attractive because they are able to turn something stressful and tedious into something fun and engaging.
Accelium presents a framework for measuring knowledge, skills, abilities, and other human characteristics using smart games.
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The findings of Professor Donald Green's Research
The Research Behind The Accelium Method
The efficacy of the Accelium Method has been tested in a number of comparative research projects, most notably that of Professor Donald Green of Columbia University. The different projects confirm that the Accelium Method significantly improves learners' thinking abilities and life skills.
One project tested the hypothesis that children can be taught abstract strategic thinking by learning meta-cognitive models and by being exposed to the applications of these models in strategy games and in real-life situations. The study included children ages 8-12, from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
In the first stage, all children played an online version of the game “Move IT". Their game performance and progress were monitored. In the second stage, children in the research group were taught abstract models for problem-solving, with associated analogies relating to real-life situations. They were then shown how to apply these models in the games. The children in the control group simply participated freely in game-playing sessions. In the third stage, all children were taught a new game, “Ping Wins.” Both groups received identical instruction.
The results show that children in the research group significantly improved their performance levels compared to the control group, even though the latter were allocated more time in their game-playing sessions. The remarkable fact is that even in Stage Three, the research group achieved notably higher results. In fact, the disparity between the two groups actually increased between Stages Two and Three.
The Accelium Method & Problem Solving
Success rate in Probem Solving tests
(the Accelium Method)
The researchers concluded that:
1. Accelium's problem-solving models significantly improved children’s strategic thinking skills.
2. The children who learned Accelium's abstract models succeeded in transferring this knowledge to new fields.
A second research project, carried out by Professor Donald Green of Yale University, tested the hypothesis that the study of Accelium strategies and thinking concepts improves children’s “language of thinking.”
At the beginning of the study, the children’s language of thinking was evaluated using a list of “thinking-concepts". All students were required to choose the most suitable definition for concepts such as: decision, goal, planning, problem, process. The research group – deliberately composed of children whose scholastic abilities had been assessed as weak – then took part in a weekly lesson of the Accelium Method over a three-month period. During that time, the control group was exposed to the same strategy games but did not participate in reflective post-game discussions - an essential part of the Accelium Method.
Both groups' "thinking vocabulary" was then evaluated again.
The Accelium Method and Linguistic skills
After a three-month period
Success rate in "Language of Thinking" tests
Prior to the start of the experiment
(the Accelium Method)
The three main conclusions of this research project are:
1. The learning of Accelium's strategic and thinking concepts enriches and elaborates children’s language of thinking and considerably enhances their language skills.
2. Children whose participation was limited to the playing of mind games, tended to improve their language of thinking, albeit to a lesser extent than those children who took part in the Accelium post-game reflective discussion.
3. The Accelium Method is especially effective among children with weak scholastic achievements. Professor Green metaphorically referred to the Accelium Method as one that "uncovers 'diamonds in the rough' and then polishes them and helps them grow."
“On the basis of these results, I strongly urge the continuation and development of this line of experiments. The question of how to improve strategic reasoning abilities has all but escaped rigorous scientific attention, and this research project promises to make important and useful contributions to knowledge.
Findings of the studies to date demonstrate a strong positive influence exerted by the Accelium Method on children’s scholastic achievements in general, and particularly in the fields of mathematical and language skills. Additional research projects are planned for the coming years in an effort to further evaluate and augment the Accelium Method.”
Professor Donald Green, Columbia University (Formerly Yale), USA
The academic and motivational effects of the Accelium Method have been studied by prominent universities and research institutes worldwide.
Year of research
Primary school students who took part in an Accelium course developed their “Language of Thinking”, which is conducive to knowledge transfer and application of abstract strategic concepts.
University of Nothumbria
Participating in Accelium's course significantly improved Year 3 students performance in both math and language arts standardised tests.
University of Yale
Year 5 students who participated in Accelium Method course improved their standardised proficiency rating results in Portuguese, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Participating teachers consistently reported a positive impact of the Methodology on their personal development.
INADE institute, Brazil
Participating students improved their emotional, cognitive and ethical skills. Most students reported they felt better equipped to confront new problems. Teachers reported they feel an improvement in students’ creative thinking and communication skills.
University of Istanbul
2nd and 4th graders who took Accelium Method courses demonstrated grater control of impulses in problem solving scenarios, resulting in more proactive, thought out and well- articulated solutions.
Sapienza of Rome