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Title:The impact of Identity Supportive Games (ISGs) on ethnic minority possible selves and learning
Author(s):Lee, Joey
Subject(s):serious games
social impact games
possible selves
Abstract:Serious Games are digital games with an educational, informative, or persuasive goal beyond mere entertainment (Abt, 2002). They are promising because they often contain features that appear to be useful for learning (Squire, 2003), eliciting behavioral or attitudinal change (Yee, 2007) or encouraging new perspective taking, empathy, and new ways of thinking (Thomson, 2006; Gee, 2005). As of yet, not much research yet exists on how to effectively use this form of technology to support identity development, raise awareness about social issues, or foster positive social or personal change (Thomson, 2006). In this Design-Based Research (DBR) study, I propose and test a specific Serious Game design that I call Identity Supportive Games (ISGs). Specifically, I design and test game designs that allows players to explore Asian-American identities in relation to ethnic stereotypes. Many misconceptions and myths persist regarding Asian-American issues (e.g., the effects of seemingly positive stereotypes such as the “Model Minority” image that depicts Asian-Americans as intelligent overachievers who rarely fail). In reality, these stereotypes and self-beliefs can lead to problems including identity crisis (Erikson, 1968), mental illnesses and depression (Cohen, 2007), poor self-esteem and self-image (Mok, 1998; Sue & Sue, 2004), decreased academic performance (Steele, 1997), decreased opportunities (Cheng & Thatchenkery, 1997), and pigeonholing (Sue & Sue, 2006). With this in mind, I seek to understand how Serious Games can support identity development, impact self-concept, and broaden possible selves (Markus & Nurius, 1986) in the face of the limiting and damaging effects of ethnic minority stereotypes. This work also seeks to produce design principles for attitudinal, affective, and learning outcomes in digital games.
Issue Date:2009-02-08
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-03-25

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