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ERIC Number: EJ1164431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2292-8588
Designing Inclusive Learning for Twice Exceptional Students in Minecraft
O'Sullivan, Muireann; Robb, Nigel; Howell, Stephen; Marshall, Kevin; Goodman, Lizbeth
International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, v32 n2 2017
Twice exceptional learners are intellectually or creatively gifted yet also experience one or more learning difficulties. These students face a unique set of challenges in educational settings. Recommended strategies for accommodating twice exceptional learners focus on--among other things--(1) providing freedom and variety, so that students can engage with learning in a way that interests them, plays to their strengths, and compensates for their learning difficulties; (2) allowing students to engage with simulated and real-world problems; and (3) providing an adaptable environment that is pleasing to students, and sensitive to any specific needs they may have as a result of learning difficulties. In this article, we show how the video game Minecraft can facilitate learning environments that embody these recommendations. We describe in detail a variety of specific techniques for implementing such environments, including contextualised learning artefacts and puzzle rooms. We then demonstrate examples of learning environments that we have previously implemented using these techniques. These environments are currently being used in an empirical evaluation, as part of a larger project investigating the effectiveness of Minecraft as an educational resource for twice exceptional students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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