"Expert on drums, could be experter": an ethnographic case study investigating the learning principles displayed in video gaming among Inuit youth

Chippett, Jeremy (2016) "Expert on drums, could be experter": an ethnographic case study investigating the learning principles displayed in video gaming among Inuit youth. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to conduct an analysis of a successful learning experience—interactions with video games—among Inuit youth in one Nunavut community to determine what factors help these Inuit learn. Through this analysis, questions relating to whether video games constitute a technology of learning for Inuit as well as what characteristics of digital games lead to increased engagement among the youth were addressed. Using the theoretical framework of cultural studies, the work of James Paul Gee, along with the pillars of isumaqsayuq (Inuit traditional ideas of teaching and learning), this study finds that video games are a technology of learning for Inuit youth and factors such as autonomy, competition, contextualized content, and self-efficacy all contribute to the youth’s continued engagement with video games despite their increasing difficulty.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12384
Item ID: 12384
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-150).
Keywords: Indigenous education, Inuit and Learning, Video Games and education, Isumaqsayuq - Inuit Traditional Learning, Cultural Studies
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Nunavut
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Inuit youth--Effect of technological innovations on--Nunavut; Video games and teenagers--Nunavut; Video games in education--Nunavut

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