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ERIC Number: EJ836121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
Learning in Virtual Worlds: Using Communities of Practice to Explain How People Learn from Play
Oliver, Martin; Carr, Diane
British Journal of Educational Technology, v40 n3 p444-457 May 2009
Although there is interest in the educational potential of online multiplayer games and virtual worlds, there is still little evidence to explain specifically what and how people learn from these environments. This paper addresses this issue by exploring the experiences of couples that play "World of Warcraft" together. Learning outcomes were identified (involving the management of ludic, social and material resources) along with learning processes, which followed Wenger's model of participation in Communities of Practice. Comparing this with existing literature suggests that productive comparisons can be drawn with the experiences of distance education students and the social pressures that affect their participation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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