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A Better Model Field Ecology as a model for games and learning

by Eric Klopfer - December 22, 2011

As the field of educational games grows and matures it needs to develop appropriate paradigms for research that support that process. Instead of the medical model, the research paradigms are posed as a broader and more appropriate alternative. Ecology embraces a broader ranger of methodologies and foci of study, which the field of learning games would do well to replicate.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 22, 2011
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16633, Date Accessed: 6/15/2021 2:27:22 PM

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  • Eric Klopfer
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    ERIC KLOPFER is the Director of the MIT Teacher Education Program and the Scheller Carrer Development Professor of Science Education and Educational Technology at MIT. Klopfer's research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science and complex systems. Klopfer's work combines the construction of new software tools with research and development of new pedagogical supports that support the use of these tools in the classroom. He is the co-author of the book Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo, and is working on a new book on handheld games and learning from MIT Press.
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