Simon Creasey

Tes talks to… Yasmin Kafai

Teachers need to not just tolerate gaming as hobby but embrace it in the classroom, too, the professor of learning sciences tells Simon Creasey

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Computer games and education do not mix. That’s what you hear time and time again in schools. Gaming stops children focusing on more important tasks like homework, it is claimed, and research appears to suggest there are links between gaming and anti-social behaviour in young people and that prolonged screen time potentially causes psychological problems in children.

Yasmin Kafai has little time for that narrative. As a professor of learning sciences at the Graduate School of Education, University of Philadelphia, she specialises in the field of digital media and learning and she thinks that ...

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