ERIC Number: EJ1116977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Outdoor Recreation in Exergames: A New Step in the Detachment from Nature?
Öhman, Johan; Öhman, Marie; Sandell, Klas
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v16 n4 p285-302 2016
A new teaching aid--exergames--is increasing in popularity in schools and is regarded as an interesting, varied and effective way of improving students' fitness. These exercise television games often contain references to physical activities carried out in different outdoor landscapes. The purpose of this article is to examine the views of landscape and nature offered by the games and the consequences this may have for students' relationships with nature and future environmental commitment. The methodological approach used is companion meaning analysis: the meaning of nature that follows when playing the games. The results show a controlled landscape that is perfectly arranged for the activity (functional specialisation). It is an obvious anthropocentric base and commands an instrumental value where nature is valuable because it satisfies our felt preferences (demand value). Exergames can thus be seen as a further step in an ongoing detachment process from the physical landscape (indoorisation).
Descriptors: Exercise, Educational Games, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Natural Resources, Computer Games, Video Games, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Outdoor Education, Recreational Activities
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