Gabriela Richard, former doctoral student and dolcelab member (now postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania), won the best student paper award for a paper submitted derived from her dissertation research, which Chris Hoadley advised on. The paper was titled, Fostering equitable digital identities for inclusive 21st century learning: Exploring identity, agency and informal learning in game culture and online environments, and was awarded in the Joint Learning Sciences and Advanced Technologies for Learning SIG of AERA. Gabriela and Chris were at the Business Meeting on Sat, April 5 to receive the award (pictured here).
Culture and experience have strong implications for school learning. The new digital divide is a complex mix of access, experience and resulting efficacy, which is often grounded in social experiences as well as economic inequalities. The study is informed by social identity theory and stereotype threat research, which underscore the importance of social identities, group affiliation and social context in the way individuals invest in and perform in fields and domains. This paper explores the impact of socio-cultural experiences on informal learning in game culture and with digital games, as well as how differences in efficacy and identity can potentially impact equitable 21st century learning.