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Language and Learning in the Digital Age

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In Language and Learning in the Digital Age, linguist James Paul Gee and educator Elisabeth Hayes deal with the forces unleashed by today's digital media, forces that are transforming language and learning for good and ill.



They argue that the role of oral language is almost always entirely misunderstood in debates about digital media. Like the earlier inventions of writing
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2011)
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Joe
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital
I find Gee frustrating. He's clearly super-smart, but his writing is very repetitious and he seems to imagine his reader as an earnest middle-schooler. This book has a useful overview of language as a social practice but very little to say, oddly, about digital language use, unless those insights are hidden somewhere in the interminable chapters on gaming.
Gala Bond
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Writing a book chapter on semiotic domains, affinity groups, and Harry Potter.
John Carter McKnight
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academic
Quite a good little book: excellent for teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. A broad range of content and powerful ideas. Gee and Hayes have nuanced their discussion of "passionate affinity spaces" from last year's Women and Gaming to be more coherent and useful, a major development.

The chapters on World of Warcraft and cat health groups are excellent.

The last few chapters seem a little thin and rushed, passing up an opportunity to engage more deeply with digital communications tec
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Audra
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice broad sweeps of the history of human language and learning, up to the digital age. My only regret is that it was over so soon. Went down as fast as an ice tea in the Texas summer. Good refreshment, Gee & Hayes.
Kathrina
Language use reflects and impacts to equal degrees how we experience and make sense of the world. Gee explains with ease the ties between economics, institutional power, and literacy. Just wish he'd stop using the "spilled coffee" metaphor.
Bridget
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Brings up interesting notions about the way digital technologies is changing our cognitive abilities and our use of language. A bit too many hypothetical examples though, and SUPER repetitive.
Andrew Dearborn
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
It was a good book and the best textbook I have read in Education so far.
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James Gee is a researcher who has worked in psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, bilingual education, and literacy. Gee is currently the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. Gee is a faculty affiliate of the Games, Learning, and Society group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a member of the National Academy of Educ ...more