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Electric Worlds in the Classroom: Teaching and Learning with Role-Based Computer Games

reviewed by Brent Muirhead - June 05, 2006

coverTitle: Electric Worlds in the Classroom: Teaching and Learning with Role-Based Computer Games
Author(s): Brian M. Slator & Associates
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746754, Pages: 182, Year: 2006
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The media has highlighted how a growing number of youth consider their junior high and high school classes to be boring. Teachers are pressured to meet state and federal mandates that often involve student testing. Public schools have become a difficult place for teachers to work as more stakeholders blame them for academic problems that are outside their control. I was a public high school history teacher for over 14 years and I am thankful for the hard-working students. Sadly, I have witnessed an increasing number of students who resist doing assignments, display negative attitudes toward learning and disrupt daily instructional activities. This is a problem that undermines the entire teaching and learning process. Students and teachers can become disillusioned about education when it lacks a dynamic interactive character. Our youth should be encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning but there should be activities that give them a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 05, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12528, Date Accessed: 9/27/2021 12:50:35 AM

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  • Brent Muirhead
    University of Phoenix
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    Dr. BRENT MUIRHEAD is the Lead Faculty/Area Chair of Business Communications at the University of Phoenix campus in Atlanta, Georgia and has extensively studied online interactivity. He has a BA in social work, master's degrees in religious education, history, administration and e-learning, two educational doctoral degrees and graduate work in cognition/technology at The Teachers College, Columbia University. He teaches a diversity of courses, mentors faculty candidates and dissertation students. The Associate Editor for Educational Technology and Society; Senior Online Editor of International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, and a visiting research fellow to Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. His current research focuses on promoting creativity and critical thinking in online classes and he has published journal articles and e-books on a diversity of distance education issues.
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