I am jointly organising the Sheffield Institute of Education Doctoral Conference at Sheffield Hallam this Saturday. I will also be presenting, giving an overview of my work – my abstract is below:
Investigating the lived experience of a children’s virtual world after school club
Recent work around the use of Virtual Worlds in educational contexts has conceptualised literacies as communal processes, whilst considering complex notions of collaboration through participants’ multiplicity of presence. Screen-based virtual worlds can also be viewed as multimodal texts, constructed by multiple players. Shaped by these ideas, this research charts children’s experiences as they collaborate to build a ‘virtual community’, making individual and collective decisions about their use of the shared virtual space. This work draws upon data collected during this year-long ethnographic study, investigating a group of ten and eleven year old children’s engagement with the video game ‘Minecraft’.