Tracing Insider Knowledge Across Time and Spaces: A Connective Ethnography in a Teen Online Game World

July 1st, 2007 | RESEARCH

In this study our goal is to conduct a "connective ethnography" that focuses on how gaming expertise spreads across a network of youth at an after-school club that simultaneously participates in a multi-player virtual environment (MUVE). We draw on multiple sources of information: observations, interviews, video recordings, online tracking and chat data, and hundreds of hours of play in the virtual environment of Whyville ourselves. By focusing on one particular type of insider knowledge, called teleporting, we traced youth learning in a variety of online and offlien social contexts, both from friends in the club and outside members of Whyville. We elaborate on the unplanned social events that served as instigators for peaks of learning activity and the methodological challenges underlying the synthesis of diverse types of data that allowed us to follow youth across multiple spaces and times.


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Team Members

Yasmin Kafai, Author, University of California, Los Angeles
Deborah Fields, Author, University of California, Los Angeles


Publication: 8th Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Public Programs