What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy

What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy

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By (author) James Paul Gee

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403984530
  • ISBN 13: 9781403984531
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 63,327

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James Paul Gee begins his classic book with "I want to talk about video games--yes, even violent video games--and say some positive things about them." With this simple but explosive statement, one of America's most well-respected educators looks seriously at the good that can come from playing video games. In this revised edition, new games like "World of WarCraft" and "Half Life 2" are evaluated and theories of cognitive development are expanded. Gee looks at major cognitive activities including how individuals develop a sense of identity, how we grasp meaning, how we evaluate and follow a command, pick a role model, and perceive the world.

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Author information

James Paul Gee has been featured in a variety of publications from "Redbook, Child, Teacher," and "USA Today" to "Education Week, The Chicago Tribune," and more. He is Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Described by the "Chronicle of Higher Education" as "a serious scholar who is taking a lead in an emerging field" he has become a major expert in game studies today.

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By Mikael Lindberg 03 Jun 2014 5

James Paul Gee is a smart man. That's for sure. Through this book he explains various topics related to game design and teaching. He brings up school, and mentions what could and should be done better in education. He talks about his first encounters with online games, how the human mind interacts with the player on the screen, how our mental selves communicate with the character, and how the character relates to the rest of the game world. And now I'm just scratching the tip of the iceberg!

I reccommend this book to anyone interested in game design AND learning. If you are purely after 100% game design, this might not be the book for you. Paul Gee is not a game designer, he is a professor who now has taken interest in games. allthough new to the genre, this man truly shines in research and literacy. Definitively worth the read!

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"[Gee is] a serious scholar who is taking a lead in an emerging field."--Scott Carlson, "Chronicle of Higher Education" "Am I a bad parent for letting [my child] play video games at 4? Not at all, according to Gee."--Jim Louderback, "USA Weekend Magazine" "Rather than be reined in, today's successful game designers should be recognized as modern masters of learning theory..."--Mike Snider, "Cincinnati Enquirer" ..."an astoundingly insightful manifesto on teaching and learning..."--Michael Hoechsmann, "McGill Journal of Education" "Gee astutely points out that for video game makers, unlike schools, failing to engage children is not an option."--Terrence Hackett, "Chicago Tribune" "Gee...says the most challenging games prod players to push the boundaries of their skills and to adapt..."--Shannon Mullen, "Asbury Park Press" "These games succeed because, according to Gee, they gradually present information that is actually needed to perform deeds."--Norman A. Lockman, "USA Today" ..."Gee suggests that...schools...are 'in the cognitive-science dark ages.'"--Jeffery Kurz, "Meriden-Wallingford Record-Journal" ..."'good' computer games...use critical learning principles to quickly teach kids to play extremely complex virtual reality games."--Norman Lockman, "Jackson Clarion-Ledger" "[Gee is] one of the worlds leading educational experts."--"The Observer"

Table of contents

Introduction: 36 Ways to Learn a Video Game Semiotic Domains: Is Playing Video Games a 'Waste of Time'? Learning and Identity: What Does It Mean to Be a Half-Elf? Situated Meaning and Learning: What Should You Do after You Have Destroyed the Global Conspiracy? Telling and Doing: Why Doesn't Lara Croft Obey Prof. Von Croy? Cultural Models: Do You Want to be the Blue Sonic or the Dark Sonic? The Social Mind: How Do You Get Your Corpse Back after You've Died? Conclusion: Duped or Not? Appendix: The 36 Learning Principles