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Investigating the relationships between informal learning and player involvement in digital games

Iacovides, Ioanna; Aczel, James; Scanlon, Eileen and Woods, Will (2012). Investigating the relationships between informal learning and player involvement in digital games. Learning, Media and Technology, 37(3) pp. 321–327.

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In the last few years, digital games have become increasingly popular with both ‘hardcore’ and ‘casual’ audiences. At the same time, it has been argued that games can be powerful learning environments, since they are seen to encourage active and critical learning through participation in affinity groups and semiotic domains but there is a need for further empirical evidence to explore how this participation occurs and how prevalent it actually is. In addition the effectiveness of games within education indicates mixed results, though it has been suggested that this may indicate that learning through immersive worlds involves a more complex understanding of learning, one that is not so easy to tie to specified learning outcomes. It would seem the area would benefit from research that seeks to develop our understanding of how player involvement and learning come together in this context. This paper presents the preliminary results of a survey carried out in order to explore these issues. The initial findings suggest that how a player identifies as a gamer relates to what they think they gain from their gaming experiences with respect to learning.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1743-9892
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: digital games; informal learning; involvement
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Strategy Planning & Policy
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 31326
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 12:11
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2019 21:48
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