The Cognitive Theories our
Game Designs are Based Upon

“Starting to make small decisions that prioritize all types of games are a task that falls on us all as researchers, psychologists, educators and parents.”

David Whitebread
The Worldwatch Institute
EarthEd Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

Montessori Education

Montessori education is based on the characteristics and individual skills of children. Montessori education believes that each child individually has a learning style which is specific to him/herself. A prepared setting is presented to the children in which they are given freedom of movement and let develop themselves. It is very important to give the child the opportunity to experience a process of building a strong personality. Montessori education emphasizes the games that are based on cooperation.

Multiple Intelligences Theory

Multiple Intelligence Theory has been created by Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard University. Denying the concept of one kind of intelligence, this theory challenges the views which argue that intelligence remains at a constant level. In multiple intelligence, cognitive development continues in every stage of life. This development accelerates in early childhood years and has child-specific characteristics. Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory includes verbal intelligence, mathematical intelligence, visual intelligence, musical intelligence, bodily intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, naturalistic intelligence and intrapersonal intelligence.


Neuro education, based on neuroscience, focuses on the relation between the learning process and the brain. This approach, which has been adopted by many people from psychologists to scientists specialized in the field of neurology, is indicated among the outstanding cognitive theories of our age. Neuro education experiences, supported with scientific methods, address and study the learning process of children on a very wide scale.