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Situated Language and Learning (Literacies Series): A Critique of Traditional Schooling
     

Situated Language and Learning (Literacies Series): A Critique of Traditional Schooling

by James Paul Gee
 

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ISBN-10: 0415317762

ISBN-13: 9780415317764

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Why do poor and minority students under-perform in school? Do computer games help or hinder learning? What can new research in psychology teach our educational policy-makers?

In this major new book,
Gee tackles the 'big ideas' about language, literacy and learning, putting forward an integrated theory that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and applying it to some

Overview

Why do poor and minority students under-perform in school? Do computer games help or hinder learning? What can new research in psychology teach our educational policy-makers?

In this major new book,
Gee tackles the 'big ideas' about language, literacy and learning, putting forward an integrated theory that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and applying it to some of the very real problems that face educationalists today.

Situated Language and Learning looks at the specialist academic varieties of language that are used in disciplines such as mathematics and the sciences. It argues that the language acquisition process needed to learn these forms of language is not given enough attention by schools, and that this places unfair demands on poor and minority students.

The book compares this with learning as a process outside the classroom, applying this idea to computer and video games, and exploring the particular processes of learning which take place as a child interacts with others and technology to learn and play. In doing so, Gee examines what video games can teach us about how to improve learning in schools and engages with current debates on subjects such as 'communities of practice' and 'digital literacies'.

Bringing together the latest research from a number of disciplines, Situated Language and Learning is a bold and controversial book by a leading figure in the field, and is essential reading for anyone interested in education and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415317764
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Literacies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,307,691
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A Strange Fact about not Learning to Read 3. Language and Identity at Home 4. Stimulations and Bodies 5. Learning and Gaming 6. Affinity Spaces 7. Shape-shifting Portfolio People 8. A Final Word: The Content Fetish References

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