ERIC Number: EJ1049450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Dewey and Video Games: From Education through Occupations to Education through Simulations
Waddington, David I.
Educational Theory, v65 n1 p1-20 Feb 2015
Critics like Leonard Waks argue that video games are, at best, a dubious substitute for the rich classroom experiences that John Dewey wished to create and that, at worst, they are profoundly miseducative. Using the example of "Fate of the World," a climate change simulation game, David Waddington addresses these concerns through a careful demonstration of how video games can recapture some of the lost potential of Dewey's original program of education through occupations. Not only do simulation games realize most of the original goals of education through occupations, but they also solve some of the serious practical problems that Dewey's curriculum generated. Waddington concludes the essay with an analysis of Waks's critiques and some cautionary notes about why it is important to be temperate in our endorsement of educational video gaming.
Descriptors: Video Games, Simulation, Educational Games, Educational Technology, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Teaching Methods, Computer Simulation, Educational Objectives, Classroom Techniques, Barriers, Technology Uses in Education, Relevance (Education)
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