‘Chocolate-covered Broccoli’? Games and the Teaching of Literature

Hopkins, I. and Roberts, D. (2015) ‘Chocolate-covered Broccoli’? Games and the Teaching of Literature. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 22 (2). pp. 222-236. ISSN 1358684X

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Abstract

Studies of the way games and gaming align themselves with the pedagogy of the humanities have left behind a key discipline: that of literary studies, as opposed to literacy studies, a far more common concern among scholars who have examined the impact of games on university and secondary teaching. This paper considers the reasons for such a lacuna of the literary and enters into a philosophical critique of the grounds on which games have been advanced as a tool for pedagogy in recent work. Interrogating recent scholars’ use of epistemological and sociological paradigms, the paper advances a more liberal and sophisticated concept of the game that better answers the needs of students and teachers in the literature classroom. It concludes with two examples of worked games that have significant potential to enhance learning. © 2015 The editors of Changing English.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: games, gaming, literature, theory of education
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA29: English Language and Literature
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 13:47
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:47
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1219

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