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Pages: 8282-8292
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-6957-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2017.2225

Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

MINECRAFT AND MORALS – THE POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITS OF THE USAGE OF DIGITAL GAMES IN EDUCATIONAL AND LEARNING CONTEXTS USING THE EXAMPLE OF TEACHING MEDIA ETHICS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION WITH MINECRAFT

P. Maisenhölder, M. Rath

University of Education Ludwigsburg (GERMANY)
Using digital games in educational and learning contexts can be done in different ways. On one hand, one can use so-called serious games which can be described as "any marriage of educational content and computer games" (Prensky 2001, 145). In other words: Games "with the intention to entertain and to achieve at least one additional goal (e.g. learning or health)" (Dörner/Göbel/Effelsberg/Wiemeyer 2016, 3). On the other hand, one can use games in educational and learning contexts that were primarily developed for entertainment purposes.
The usage of these different types of games in educational and learning contexts comes along with certain possibilities, advantages and benefits but also with certain limits and disadvantages. One of them is for example the "chocolate broccoli problem" (Klopfer/Osterweil/Salen 2009, 18) which means that "[k]ids, particularly pre-teens, tweens, and teens shy away from games they are told are good for them, or labelled as educational" (ibid.). That is to say, using (certain) digital games in a certain way may contradict ones own educational intentions. A problem that is given with the usage of non-serious games on the other side may be potentially given age limits that narrow down the range of games teachers can use in educational and learning contexts.
In our oral presentation we would like to present – from a theoretical point of view – how game-based learning and the games used in it can be differentiated, what the possibilities of these different types can be but also what and where the limits of the usage of either serious and non-serious games are. This will be accompanied by giving short but concrete examples for how the different types of games can be used in educational and learning contexts.
To illustrate the ideas presented more precisely and to examine an example in greater detail, we will also present a theoretical concept that is based on Lawrence Kohlbergs (1984) Just community concept. In it, the game Minecraft (2009) functions as a space in which the learners have to cooperate and create a just community. So the game is used as a supportive medium for the learning of ethical theories – here: the contractualist theory – in secondary education as a part of teaching (media) ethics and improving moral reasoning.
Since this concept has not yet been conducted and / or empirically surveyed, we will only give a prospect of how this concept can (and potentially will) be realized and surveyed in the future. Due to the fact, that the increase of the level of moral reasoning (Kohlberg 1996) is the main goal of the concept, a pre-post-measurement that uses either quantitative (Briechle-Test (Briechle 1981)) and / or qualitative methods (interviews) to collect data can be used. It is assumed that the results would show that the usage of Minecraft in (media) ethical learning contexts is reasonable with regard to the learning objectives. The oral presentation can therefore be seen as a starting point for further empirical survey.
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P. Maisenhölder, M. Rath (2017) MINECRAFT AND MORALS – THE POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITS OF THE USAGE OF DIGITAL GAMES IN EDUCATIONAL AND LEARNING CONTEXTS USING THE EXAMPLE OF TEACHING MEDIA ETHICS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION WITH MINECRAFT, ICERI2017 Proceedings, pp. 8282-8292.
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