Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning (Hardcover)

Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning By J. Gee, Elisabeth R. Hayes Cover Image
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The authors argue that women gamers, too often ignored as gamers, are in many respects leading the way in this trend towards design, cultural production, new learning communities, and the combination of technical proficiency with emotional and social intelligence.

About the Author

James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at the Arizona State University. He is the author of What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy and Good Games and Good Learning. Elisabeth Hayes is a professor in the Division of Learning, Technology and Psychology in Education at ASU's Graduate School of Education.

Praise For…

"James Paul Gee and Elisabeth R. Hayes offer us vivid portrait of women of all ages ‘gaming beyond gaming,’ transforming the successful The Sims video games into a platform for their own social, creative, and intellectual lives.  These women are gamers, but they are also tinkerers, community leaders, authors, programmers, and artists, and their engagement with The Sims has opened up new opportunities for them to learn and grow far beyond the classroom.  Gee and Hayes are patient, informed, and insightful guides showing us how these kinds of participatory cultures might transform our understanding of education in the 21st century."--Henry Jenkins, Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century


Women and Gaming is must-read for anyone interested in the social or intellectual side of gaming - scholars, designers, players and parents alike. At long last, we have a serious treatment of the forms of social engineering or "soft modding" that women do as part of gameplay -- not merely as some counterpoint to the (predominantly-male) practice of technical modding (modifying) found in gaming communities but in fact as a vital practice in its own right and a key feature of what it means to Design. Gee & Hayes have managed to treat an often-ignored topic with both depth and clarity.”—Constance Steinkuehler, University of Wisconsin-Madison


"If a good education is the path to human enlightenment, one might well ask what the current state of education is.  Authors Gee and Hayes waste few words in their answer: education in our culture is critically wanting...The authors have done a commendable job of positing a theory of learning according to which real education is not about acquiring knowledge, but rather about 'becoming' something."--Women and Gaming

Product Details
ISBN: 9780230623415
ISBN-10: 0230623417
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: May 14th, 2010
Pages: 208
Language: English