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ERIC Number: EJ1137517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Cultural Alignment and Game-Based Learning
Hammer, Jessica; Davidson, Drew
Educational Technology, v57 n2 p31-35 Mar-Apr 2017
Culture can be understood as systems that produce and reproduce meaning, or as stable sets of meanings within a community. The authors illustrate how educational games produce and reproduce meaning, both related to the content being addressed and about the educational process itself. Educational games also rely on shared meanings and norms, which can often be sites of conflict among educational stakeholders. Cultural alignment in games, then, is the degree to which the meanings constructed through game mechanics, game content, and the socio-cultural context of gameplay reinforce one another. Current research on educational games suggests that a high degree of alignment should support learning. However, cultural misalignment can also be educationally productive in some situations. To enable both approaches, a reflective process around cultural alignment in games is needed.
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Language: English
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