Fear, Apprehension, Stereotypes, Oh, My! Exploring Teachers’ Reactions to Virtual Gaming
Tuesday, March 8 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Bellmeade
Abstract: Researchers have begun to explore the impact of game-based learning. Most of this research has focused on what children learn while engaged in virtual games. This study looks at what 61 teachers learned as they explored a Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) virtual gaming environment of their choice over a four week period. Data included individual reflective logs, web-based group discussions, and individual narratives written at the conclusion of the experience. Teachers discussed reactions to the games. The results show that teachers were fearful and had difficulty trusting strangers they encountered. They were goal-oriented and found the open-endedness of the MMOs to be overwhelming.