The issue of video games and their harmful/helpful effects on children and young adults is a hot topic. The Hardback sold very well. The book does not shy away from controversy, even finding good news in shooter games vis a vis adolescent cognitive development. "The Observer" newspaper recently called Gee 'One of the worlds leading educational experts'.This title provides a controversial look at the positive things that can be learned from video games by a well known professor of education. James Paul Gee begins his new book with 'I want to talk about video games- yes, even violent video games - and say some positive things about them'. With this simple but explosive beginning, one of America's most well-respected professors of education looks seriously at the good that can come from playing video games. Gee is interested in the cognitive development that can occur when someone is trying to escape a maze, find a hidden treasure and, even, blasting away an enemy with a high-powered rifle.
Talking about his own video-gaming experience learning and using games as diverse as Lara Croft and Arcanum, Gee looks at major specific cognitive activities such as: how individuals develop a sense of identity; how one grasps meaning; how one evaluates and follows a command; how one picks a role model; and, how one perceives the world.This is a ground-breaking book that takes up a new electronic method of education and shows the positive upside it has for learning.
'What Video Games Have to Teach us About Learning and Literacy is an important volume in a field that is currently growing significantly. - Ben Williamson, NESTA Futurelab '...an astoundingly insightful manifesto on teaching and learning...' - Michael Hoechsmann, McGill Journal of Education '[Gee is] a serious scholar who is taking a lead in an emerging field.' - Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Education '[Gee is] one of the worlds leading educational experts.' - The Observer 'These games succeed because, according to Gee, they gradually present information that is actually needed to perform deeds.' - Norman A. Lockman, USA Today 'Gee astutely points out that for video game makers, unlike schools, failing to engage children is not an option.' - Terrence Hackett, Chicago Tribune 'Gee...says the most challenging games prod players to push the boundaries of their skills and to adapt...' - Shannon Mullen, Asbury Park Press '...'good' computer games...use critical learning principles to quickly teach kids to play extremely complex virtual reality games.' - Norman Lockman, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 'Rather than be reined in, today's successful game designers should be recognized as modern masters of learning theory...' - Mike Snider, Cincinnati Enquirer 'Am I a bad parent for letting [my child] play video games at 4? Not at all, according to Gee.' - Jim Louderback, USA Weekend Magazine '...Gee suggests that...schools...are 'in the cognitive-science dark ages.' - Jeffery Kurz, Meriden-Wallingford Record-Journal