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Families at PlayConnecting and Learning through Video Games$
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Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Gee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037464

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037464.001.0001

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Developing a Learning Culture through Gaming

Developing a Learning Culture through Gaming

(p.109) 5 Developing a Learning Culture through Gaming
Families at Play

Sinem Siyahhan

Elisabeth Gee

The MIT Press

In this chapter, we expand upon Seymour Papert’s notion of “learning culture”. Specifically, we describe how the traditional expert-novice relationship between parents and children has changed over the last decade with children taking the role of an expert when it comes to technology. We propose that successful participation in 21st century for children starts with collaborative intergenerational experiences at home around technology, and video gaming in particular is a promising context for parents and children to work as partners and develop the dispositions that can be “transfer” to other contexts (e.g. workplace).

Keywords:   Family learning culture, families as communities of practice, gaming as a family routine and ritual, forms of family engagement around video games

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