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Children’s Virtual Play Worlds

Culture, Learning, and Participation


Edited By Anne Burke and Jackie Marsh

As children’s digital lives become more relevant to schools and educators, the question of play and learning is being revisited in new and interesting ways. Children’s Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning, and Participation provides a more reasoned account of children’s play engagements in virtual worlds through a number of scholarly perspectives, exploring key concerns and issues which have come to the forefront. The global nature of the research in this edited volume embraces many different areas of study from school based research, sociology, cultural studies, psychology, to contract law showing how children’s play and learning in virtual spaces has great potential and possibilities.
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Children’s virtual play worlds: culture, learning, and participation / edited by Anne Burke, Jackie Marsh. pages cm — (New literacies and digital epistemologies; vol. 58) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Internet games—Social aspects. 2. Shared virtual environments. 3. Computers and children. I. Burke, Anne M. (Anne Michelle), editor of compilation. II. Marsh, Jackie, editor of compilation. GV1469.17.S63C45 794.8—dc23 2013007660 ISBN 978-1-4331-1827-2 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-1826-5 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1069-6 (e-book) ISSN 1523-9543

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