Title

Developing 21st Century Writing Practices in Gaming-Related Affinity Spaces

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Presentation

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Developing 21st Century Writing Practices in Gaming-Related Affinity Spaces

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

In this session, we argue that gaming-related affinity spaces provide models for the development of situated and collaborative writing practices -- 21st century skills that have become increasingly important in a world of digitally written communications. We showcase practices including fanfiction, fan theories, and role play in communities that surround several popular games: Zelda, World of Warcraft, The Sims, and Neopets. Participation in these spaces drives player interest in textual analysis, argumentation, negotiation, creativity, and writing in a variety of genres. While standards-driven school writing tends to value individual “knowledge telling” skills (Bereiter & Scardamalia, 1987), each of these papers highlights multiliteracies, collaborative writing, and sophisticated “knowledge transformations” (Bereiter & Scardamalia, 1987) that help participants contribute to ever-expanding game spaces.

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Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA

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