Computer games - pushing at the boundaries of literacy

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Title Computer games - pushing at the boundaries of literacy
Author Beavis, Catherine Alice; O'Mara, Joanne Allison
Journal Name Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
Editor Jennifer Rennie, Brenton Doecke, Annette Paterson
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Literacy Educators Association
Abstract The need to expand traditional, print-based versions of literacy to also incorporate attention to multimodal forms of text and literacy in the English curriculum is now well established. Much can be learnt about students and their literacy practices from the exploration of their engagement with digital culture—particularly videogames—from their out-of-school lifeworlds. However, the emerging set of skills and competencies or, the 'new' literacies and literacy practices associated with multiple and ever-emerging genres generated through information and communications technologies, present challenges in terms of how they might be conceptualised as literacy (or not) and how the multiple dimensions entailed in gameplay are increasingly a part of what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Drawing on two case studies of classroom work, the paper describes approaches to conceptualising the complexity of digital texts and their access, production and distribution and the opportunity to create spaces where students could interact, socialise and learn in both the real and virtual world. Dimensions such as play, interactivity, action, movement and time raise challenging questions about the limits and possibilities of constructing games and gameplay as texts and literacy practices that push the boundaries of literacy.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Australian Literacy Educators' Association. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 33
Issue Number 1
Page from 65
Page to 76
ISSN 1038-1562
Date Accessioned 2011-02-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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