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Towards an appreciation of the place and potential of computer games in education

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dc.contributor.advisor Murray, Liam
dc.contributor.author Maher, John
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-07T12:26:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-07T12:26:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1929
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Our objective was to investigate computer games to assess their educational potential. We came to the view that it would serve best to identify cultural, ideological, and pragmatic concerns that could present obstacles to the introduction of games into the classroom. Therefore, the focus of our research changed in character from a theoretical to a pragmatically informed basis. Given the relative youth of the field that constitutes educational games research, we set about creating an overview of the field in order to establish a semblance of direction towards the production of viable games. To complement the prevalent view that games might be successful because of their motivational qualities we proposed a balancing principle that alternative views had also to be countenanced. We took the position that because computer games as entertainment were self‐motivating it did not necessarily follow that similar motivational factors could be relied on for application in education. We therefore analysed the positivistic bias we had identified as problematic because it did not seem to anticipate the possibilities of counter reaction and resistance from the students who were expected to learn with educational games and the teachers who would be expected to implement them. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject computer games en_US
dc.subject educational potential en_US
dc.title Towards an appreciation of the place and potential of computer games in education en_US
dc.type Doctoral thesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.type.restriction none en


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