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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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Our goal for this book was to compile a rich volume of contemporary research, looking at current developments and challenges in the growth of children’s virtual play in a variety of online spaces. We are privileged to have been joined by a diverse and accomplished group of re- searchers and scholars, each of whom has examined a different aspect of the virtual playground, adding significant depth to the growing body of research in this area. We wish to thank the teachers, children and families who have contributed to the research shared in this book; thanks also to Shawnee Hardware and Kayla Lane, who assisted with editorial activities during the book’s preparation. A sincere thank- you goes to Chris Myers and Bernadette Shade at Peter Lang for their assistance and advice. We would also like to express our gratitude to Colin Lankshear and , Michele Knobel, the series editors, for inviting us to produce this book as an addi- tion to the new literacies and digital epistemologies series. BurkeMarsh Final_BurkeMarsh fin 6/11/13 1:31 PM Page vii BurkeMarsh Final_BurkeMarsh fin 6/11/13 1:31 PM Page viii

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