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ERIC Number: ED562248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Piaget, Inhelder and "Minecraft"
Schifter, Catherine C.; Cipollone, Maria; Moffat, Frederick
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (Fort Worth, TX, Oct 22-24, 2013)
This paper describes an exploratory study observing the use of "Minecraft" (a popular sandbox style online video game environment) in a high school English literature classroom. We use Piaget and Inhelder's (1969) constructivist theories about the formal operational stage of development to interpret the concepts of plot and characterization in three student produced films that were created within the game environment. We claim that "Minecraft" can be used as a tool to assist in the cognitive development of its players through the practice of constructed learning. "Minecraft's" popularity implies that this type of knowledge production is preferred by youth for informal learning, and has vast implications for educational curricula. [For the full proceedings, see ED562107.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Grade 10
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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