ERIC Number: ED533150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Learning in Video Game Affinity Spaces. New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies. Volume 51
Hayes, Elisabeth R., Ed.; Duncan, Sean C., Ed.
Peter Lang New York
As video games have become an important economic and cultural force, scholars are increasingly trying to better understand the ways that engagement with games may drive learning, literacy, and social participation in the twenty-first century. In this book, the authors consider games and just as importantly, the social interactions around games, not in terms of how they should be managed or incorporated into existing educational structures, but for what they tell us about the forms of learning and literacy that are already instantiated within the use of these media. To this end, this book delves deeply into James Paul Gee's (2004) productive and influential concept of the affinity space--the physical or virtual locations (or some combination of the two) where people come together around a shared interest or "affinity." By explicating how and why engaged fans of digital media do what they do in online spaces, the authors cast a light, as Gee did, on the promise of these media and the problems facing current educational systems. Contents include: (1) Expanding the Affinity Space: An Introduction (Sean C. Duncan and Elisabeth Hayes); (2) "Is the Hangout... The Hangout?" Exploring Tensions in an Online Gaming-Related Fan Site (Jayne C. Lammers); (3) Kongregating Online: Developing Design Literacies in a Play-Based Affinity Space (Sean C. Duncan); (4) Learning to Mod in an Affinity-Based Modding Community (Shree Durga); (6) The Productive Side of Playing in the Great Indoors (Elizabeth M. King); (7) The Not-So-Secret Life of "Dance Dance" Revolution (Christopher L. Holden); (8) Whither Membership? Identity and Social Learning in Affinity Spaces (Ben DeVane); (9) Specialist Language Acquisition and 3D Modding in a Sims Fan Site (Elisabeth Hayes and Yoonhee N. Lee); (10) The Game of Neopian Writing (Alecia Marie Magnifico); and (11) Afterword (James Paul Gee).
Descriptors: Socialization, Video Games, Epistemology, Multiple Literacies, Influence of Technology, Learning Processes, Social Environment, Motivation, Web Sites, Computer Games, Design, Self Concept, Computer Simulation, Language Usage, Educational Environment
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