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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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Robert Bittner is a PhD stu dent in the department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Simon Fraser University and a master’s in children’s literature from the Univer- sity of British Columbia. While he is very much interested in virtual worlds, the bulk of his research explores sex, gender, and identity within literature for children and young adults. He has been published on topics as varied as religion and sexuality, sex education, and library services for LGBT youth, and he enjoys sharing his ideas at con- ferences across North America. Robert also enjoys participating in various book award juries, and participating in various advocacy groups in and around Vancouver, BC. Rebecca W. Black is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests center on how youth are using new technologies to learn, create, and communicate. Re- cently, her work has focused on the role that virtual worlds play in young children’s learning and development. Anne Burke is Associate Professor in Literacy Education and Early Learning at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She researches and writes about the evolv- BurkeMarsh Final_BurkeMarsh fin 6/11/13 1:31 PM Page 221 222 | CONTRIBUTORS ing role of play in children’s digital and immersive worlds, multimodality, and the growth of social media in children’s early learning engagements. Much of her re- cent...

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