What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - Education - 225 pages
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A controversial look at the positive things that can be learned from video games by a well known professor of education.

James Paul Gee begins his new book with "I want to talk about vide games--yes, even violent video games--and say some positive things about them." With this simple but explosive beginning, one of America's most well-respected professors of education looks seriously at the good that can come from playing video games. Gee is interested in the cognitive development that can occur when someone is trying to escape a maze, find a hidden treasure and, even, blasting away an enemy with a high-powered rifle. Talking about his own video-gaming experience learning and using games as diverse as Lara Croft and Arcanum, Gee looks at major specific cognitive activities:
* How individuals develop a sense of identity
* How one grasps meaning
* How one evaluates and follow a command
* How one picks a role model
* How one perceives the world

This is a ground-breaking book that takes up a new electronic method of education and shows the positive upside it has for learning.

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Review: What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

User Review  - Jeff Stern - Goodreads

Read in preparation for grad school in the fall. Really well-composed and compelling theories about learning that have roots in education, psychology and english. Read full review

Review: What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

User Review  - Stevie - Goodreads

I quite liked this book. Gee looks at the way learning in video games challenges a lot of currently held views about the way learning can and should work in the education system. What I enjoyed most ... Read full review

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James Paul Gee is one of the most well-known professors of education in the United States. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is the author of several books.

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