What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy

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Palgrave Macmillan Limited, 2003 - Education - 225 pages
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Addressing readers at the start of his compelling new book, James Paul Gee writes, 'I want to talk about video games-yes, even violent video games-and say some positive things about them.' With this simple but explosive salvo, one of America's most well-respected pro-fessors of education looks seriously at the unexpected 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, or even blast away an enemy with a high-powered rifle. Talking about his own experience learning and using games as diverse as Tomb Raider and Arcanum, Gee looks at major specific cognitive activities including: -How individuals develop a sense of identity -How one grasps meaning -How one evaluates and follows a command -How one picks a role model -How one perceives the world. This is a groundbreaking book that illuminates and de-velops a new elect-ronic method of education and shows the positive upside it has for learning.

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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

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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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