Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a key term?  

    A key term is a word, a concept, a phrase or a researcher's name; used in the topic of the relevant subject. Familiarity, and more over being able to describe the term to others demonstrates a student's understanding or misunderstanding of a key term. 

  2. Are the key terms in the game directly from the specification? 

    We work closely with the examination board's specification for the subject curriculum. To source key terms, we use the textbooks most commonly used by the teachers. If there are any extra key terms that are not familiar due to them being sourced by a potentially different textbook, the term can be used for extended learning. The definition of each key term is given immediately after play if the term is unfamiliar. 

  3. What is Vygotsky's theory of learning? 

    The Selah game is based on Vygotsky's psychological theory of cognitive development. It primarily encompasses the principle of scaffolding. This is whereby one learner, through the verbal instruction of another, can move from his or her current ability level to his or her potential ability level. Students explaining the words/phrases to each other aid this movement through the zone of proximal development (ZPD). As Vygotsky's theory shows, the best teachers are the ones who understand where the current level of attainment is at, but are essentially slightly more knowledgeable in a specific area. It follows then, that students are often the best teachers for each other and can facilitate this movement through the ZPD through actively playing the game. 

  4. How long is my account active for once I've purchased the product? 

    For the online game, you buy a 12 month subscription. After 11 months you will receive an email reminding you to renew your subscription. This does not apply to the physical board game version.