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Summer 2020


Every school has at least one student who has a learning disability or struggles with academics. Every school also has teachers with the ability to reach out to struggling students, using traditional and nontraditional approach to learning. Game-based learning is a nontraditional approach which introduces students to game-based learning instead of more traditional paper and pencil activities. Multiple researchers have found game-based learning raised test scores, allowed for hands on social skill lessons, and has helped generate a positive environment for students. A few researchers shared the negative impacts of game-based learning, including the lack of transferability of skills for students and the difficulties educators face creating games. The literature review studied the types of game-based learning, positives and negatives of game-based learning in the special education classroom, , and approaches needed to continue research and implementation of game-based learning in schools.