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dc.contributor.authorGalarneau, Lisa L.en_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-08T04:37:13Z
dc.date.available2010-06-08T04:37:13Z
dc.date.issued2010en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationGalarneau, L. L. (2010). Spontaneous Communities of Learning: Cooperative Learning Ecosystems Surrounding Virtual Worlds (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/3963en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/3963
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is the culmination of a five year research project exploring online gamers and the cultures they engage with, both virtually in the many massively multiplayer games and virtual worlds online, and in the physical spaces they inhabit in various play spaces around the world. The primary research questions concerned social learning in such spaces, i.e. how do players learn from one another what they need to be successful, and what are the associated norms and practices for doing so? What sorts of peripheral skills are gained, and are they applicable to physical world contexts? Finally, what does participation in such spaces mean for individuals who may have lacked other mechanisms for social learning, and what impacts might such findings have on existing educational structures? I anticipate that this thesis will generate as many questions as it will answer, and I hope, that as a snapshot of a gaming culture in time, will be looked upon as a monograph in the classic ethnographic tradition.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Waikatoen_NZ
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dc.subjectonline gamersen_NZ
dc.subjectonline gamingen_NZ
dc.subjectvirtual culturesen_NZ
dc.subjectmultiplayer gamesen_NZ
dc.subjectvirtual worldsen_NZ
dc.subjectsocial learningen_NZ
dc.subjectgaming cultureen_NZ
dc.titleSpontaneous Communities of Learning: Cooperative Learning Ecosystems Surrounding Virtual Worldsen_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.disciplineDepartment of Screen and Media Studiesen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Waikatoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_NZ
uow.date.accession2010-03-24T10:07:34Zen_NZ
uow.identifier.adthttp://adt.waikato.ac.nz/public/adt-uow20100324.100734
pubs.place-of-publicationHamilton, New Zealanden_NZ


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