Supporting visibility and resilience in play: Gender-supportive online gaming communities as a model of identity and confidence building in play and learning

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Abstract

Scholars have highlighted the learning opportunities afforded by online gaming communities of practice, which include providing authentic and meaningful contexts for engaging in and learning 21st century skills and digital literacies. However, lesser attention has been paid to how these environments can be inequitable in including and supporting members across gender. This chapter highlights the importance of gender supportive online gaming communities and their role in increasing the visibility of and resiliency necessary for equitable online play and learning. The history of a gender-supportive community and its structures are explored. The chapter further provides recommendations for educators, based on the social structures of this gender-supportive community and related research on educational climates and equitable learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIdentity and Leadership in Virtual Communities
Subtitle of host publicationEstablishing Credibility and Influence
PublisherIGI Global
Pages170-186
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781466651517
ISBN (Print)1466651504, 9781466651500
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 28 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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