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  - Ryan Ireland - Goodreads

I've been told by several of my colleagues at the university that what Gee does in this book is not research--that he is just making some casual observations and it shouldn't be taken seriously. That ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

An interesting and fascinating introduction into video games and learning, illustrating some of the techniques that could be applied to traditional education. 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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