What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

James Paul Gee begins his new book with 'I want to talk about vide games- yes, even violent video games - and say some positive things about them'.

What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

Author: James Paul Gee

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1403965382

Page: 225

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A controversial look at the positive things that can be learned from video games by a well known professor of education. James Paul Gee begins his new book with 'I want to talk about vide games- yes, even violent video games - and say some positive things about them'. With this simple but explosive beginning, one of America's most well-respected professors of education looks seriously at the good that can come from playing video games. Gee is interested in the cognitive development that can occur when someone is trying to escape a maze, find a hidden treasure and, even, blasting away an enemy with a high-powered rifle. Talking about his own video-gaming experience learning and using games as diverse as Lara Croft and Arcanum, Gee looks at major specific cognitive activities: How individuals develop a sense of identity; How one grasps meaning; How one evaluates and follows a command; How one picks a role model; How one perceives the world.

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