Game-based learning in school libraries
For Immediate Release
ALA Publishing & Media
American Library Association
CHICAGO — “Playing Games in the School Library: Developing Game-Based Lessons and Using Gamification Concepts,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a comprehensive resource for those looking to explore the use of game-based learning and gamification. Giving readers a means of engaging with distance learning, as well as providing a more challenging environment within their physical space, this book will equip them with both a practical and theoretical rationale for including the game-based approach in their work while supporting their school's aims and objectives.
Author Sarah Pavey begins by applying prominent learning theories, in particular the use of games to nurture natural curiosity, problem solving and creativity. Her book then looks at the effect of playful learning upon individual students and groups. Motivation, engagement, and the development of self-esteem are explored alongside social skills such as team working, oracy, communication, motor skills, and emotional intelligence. Separate chapters outline the practical use of different types of games including digital, mixed media, physical and active learning, and live games, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each within a teaching and learning context. Finally, consideration is given to how game-based learning and gamification can be used to promote library resources and services for impact and how collaboration with subject teachers, senior leadership teams, and the wider community, including parents, can be beneficial.
Pavey has worked as a school librarian for over 20 years and is founder of education training company and consultancy SP4IL. She holds degrees in biochemistry and information science and is an established author and regular speaker at conferences for school libraries as well as wider education issues. She is a Fellow of CILIP and the Royal Society of Arts and works with the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) in the field of adult education. Her training courses, both home and abroad, on a range of topics including playful learning, are practical and acclaimed for being rooted in theory.
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