Learning in Dramatic and Virtual Worlds: What do students say about Complementarity and Future Directions?

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Title Learning in Dramatic and Virtual Worlds: What do students say about Complementarity and Future Directions?
Author O'Toole, John; Dunn, Julie Patricia
Journal Name The Journal of Aesthetic Education
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Champaign, Illinois
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Abstract A top financial backer has arrived to determine which team of computer interaction designers has developed the most exciting and innovative proposal for the Everest component of the Virtually Impossible Computer Company's Conquerors of the World Series. Tension is high as the presentations begin, but this tension soon turns to outright conflict as some proposals suggest George Mallory as the conqueror, and the financial backer will have none of him. The backer, it seems, has her own agenda and is determined to allow for only one view of history—the one that records Sir Edmund Hillary as a New Zealand hero and the only real conqueror of the tallest mountain on earth. The designers become more and more agitated until suddenly someone bangs their hand on the table and calls out, "Hang on… just because you've got the money doesn't mean…kids need to learn about both these men…they need to learn about history." With that the drama is cut by the teacher. The deep understandings about "history's purchased page" that can be generated when drama and computers are brought together for learning have been made explicit… but could these same outcomes have been achieved using just one of these approaches?
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://jae.press.illinois.edu/42.4/otoole.html
Volume 42
Issue Number 4
Edition Winter, 2008
Page from 89
Page to 104
ISSN 0021-8510
Date Accessioned 2008-11-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Curriculum Studies: Other Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22285
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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