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ERIC Number: EJ911195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Transformational Play: Using Games to Position Person, Content, and Context
Barab, Sasha A.; Gresalfi, Melissa; Ingram-Goble, Adam
Educational Researcher, v39 n7 p525-536 Oct 2010
Videogames are a powerful medium that curriculum designers can use to create narratively rich worlds for achieving educational goals. In these worlds, youth can become scientists, doctors, writers, and mathematicians who critically engage complex disciplinary content to transform a virtual world. Toward illuminating this potential, the authors advance the theory of transformational play. Such play involves taking on the role of a protagonist who must employ conceptual understandings to transform a problem-based fictional context and transform the player as well. The authors first survey the theory and then ground their discussion in two units that, as part of their design-based research methodology, have simultaneously given rise to and been informed by their theory of transformational play. They close with a discussion of research and design challenges. (Contains 6 figures, 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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