What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 - Computers - 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 follows a command; How one picks a role model; How one perceives the world.
 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

A dated attempt to put an idea that could have been said in a magazine article, in plain English, into academic language, to fill up a whole book.? I read the Introduction, Conclusion, and Appendix ... Read full review

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User Review  - breadhat - LibraryThing

Very engaging; I felt like I learned quite a few useful things about teaching. The style is straight-forward and tailored to a mass audience, and the central conceit of the book makes for a palatable ... Read full review

Contents

36 Ways to Learn a Video Game
1
Is Playing Video Games a Waste of Time?
13
What Does It Mean to Be a HalfElf?
51
What Should You Do After You Have Destroyed the Global Conspiracy?
73
Why Doesnt Lara Croft Obey Professor Von Croy?
113
Do You Want to Be the Blue Sonic or the Dark Sonic?
139
How Do You Get Your Corpse Back After Youve Died?
169
Duped or Not?
199
The 36 Learning Principles
207
References
213
Index
221
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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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