Scandling Lecture Series

"Video Games, Learning, and Literacy"
James Gee
Tashia Morgridge Professor of Reading at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
November 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Great Hall of Rush Rhees Library

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Lecture Overview
According to Gee, good video games set a new paradigm for how learning and literacy work, reflecting cutting-edge research on human learning and language development better than today's schools. In his talk, he will argue that work on games and learning can help reinvigorate the New Literacy Studies, as well as set new standards for curricular reform and learning fit for the modern global world.

James Paul Gee is the Tashia Morgridge Professor of Reading in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He earned a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University in 1975.

Over the last decade, Gee's work has centered on the development of an integrated theory of language, literacy, and schooling, a theory that draws on work in socially situated cognition, sociocultural approaches to language and literacy, language development, discourse studies, critical theory, and applied linguistics. Gee's recent work has extended his ideas on language, literacy, and society to deal with the so-called "new capitalism" and its cognitive, social, and political implications for literacy and schooling. He has also engaged in research on learning and literacy in video and computer games.

Gee is the author of Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990, Second Edition 1996); The Social Mind (1992); Introduction to Human Language (1993); The New Work Order: Behind the Language of the New Capitalism (1996, with Glynda Hull and Colin Lankshear); An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method (1999); What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003); and Situated Language and Learning: A Critique of Traditional Schooling (2004).

For additional information on this event and the Scandling Lecture Series, contact Kim Cardone at (585) 275-7428 or kcardone@its.rochester.edu.

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