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Situated Language and Learning: A Critique of Traditional Schooling (Literacies) [Paperback]

James Paul Gee

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8 July 2004 0415317762 978-0415317764
Why do poor and minority students under-perform in school? Do computer games help or hinder learning? What can new research in psychology teach our educational policy-makers?

In this major new book, Gee tackles the 'big ideas' about language, literacy and learning, putting forward an integrated theory that crosses disciplinary boundaries, and applying it to some of the very real problems that face educationalists today.

Situated Language and Learning looks at the specialist academic varieties of language that are used in disciplines such as mathematics and the sciences. It argues that the language acquisition process needed to learn these forms of language is not given enough attention by schools, and that this places unfair demands on poor and minority students.

The book compares this with learning as a process outside the classroom, applying this idea to computer and video games, and exploring the particular processes of learning which take place as a child interacts with others and technology to learn and play. In doing so, Gee examines what video games can teach us about how to improve learning in schools and engages with current debates on subjects such as 'communities of practice' and 'digital literacies'.

Bringing together the latest research from a number of disciplines, Situated Language and Learning is a bold and controversial book by a leading figure in the field, and is essential reading for anyone interested in education and language.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gee is the man... 19 Mar 2006
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Awesome, amazing perspectives on the ways we teach, learn, and use language. Play theory, multimodality, new media, social learning, and cultural considerations all come together in a very logical and meaningful way. Forget the highlighter when reading this book; it's all that good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...but pricey and unnecessary for me 10 April 2009
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I've been impressed with James Paul Gee's other books (Intro to Discourse Analysis and What Video Games Have to Teach...), but while this book is nice and interesting, I was not drawn to it like the others, and it is kind of pricey, frankly. Maybe I'm too aware already of his philosophy/point of view, so I didn't get anything really new from this book. Thus, not a poorly written book, just one that I did not need, and one that has a high price for whatever reason.
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Gee is an outstanding author on literacy. This book is a must read for those interested in understanding the new generation of students.
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