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ERIC Number: EJ1120056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-3545
The Challenges of Gaming for Democratic Education: The Case of iCivics
Stoddard, Jeremy; Banks, Angela M.; Nemacheck, Christine; Wenska, Elizabeth
Democracy & Education, v24 n2 Article 2 2016
Video games are the most recent technological advancement to be viewed as an educational panacea and a force for democracy. However, this medium has particular affordances and constraints as a tool for democratic education in educational environments. This paper presents results from a study of the design and content of four iCivics games and their potential to meet the goals of democratic education. Specifically, we focus on the games as designed experiences, the nature and accuracy of the content, and the nature of intellectual engagement in the games. We find that the games, while easily accessible and aligned with standardized curriculum, do not provide opportunities to engage players in deliberative decision making on contemporary issues or to apply concepts from the game world to their role as citizens in training. Further, the game content is more "textbook" than the potentially dynamic and authentic types of civic engagement the medium of games can provide.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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