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ERIC Number: EJ780768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Understanding the Power of New Literacies through Video Game Play and Design
Sanford, Kathy; Madill, Leanna
Canadian Journal of Education, v30 n2 p432-455 2007
In this article, we provide the results of our examination of the range of multiliteracy activities that engage boys' time and attention, and the types of literacy skills and understandings they learn through their engagement with alternative texts. We focus particularly on video game play and creation/composition as a learning activity that consumes a great deal of their out-of-school time. Our observations and conversations with adolescent boys suggest that significant, powerful learning is happening through video game play and creation, and calls into question claims that boys are not succeeding at literacy, instead suggesting the potential for critical engagement with new literacies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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