What do secondary teachers think about digital games for learning : Stupid fixation or the future of education?

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Gutierrez, Amanda, Mills, Kathy, Scholes, Laura, Rowe, Luke and Pink, Elizabeth. (2023). What do secondary teachers think about digital games for learning : Stupid fixation or the future of education? Teaching and Teacher Education. 133, p. Article 104278. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2023.104278
AuthorsGutierrez, Amanda, Mills, Kathy, Scholes, Laura, Rowe, Luke and Pink, Elizabeth
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Digital games can support learning across many levels and fields of education. This article shares findings from a study of Australian high school English teachers designed with a mixed response questionnaire about using digital games in the classroom. The findings identified polarised teacher perspectives on the role of gaming in formal curriculum, tension in teachers’ ideal and enacted use of digital games, and a need for in-practice professional development on digital games. Implications include the need to optimise digital games use for learning in teaching and teacher education, and to address perceptions on the validity of gaming for classroom learning.

Keywordsdigital games; games-based learning; pedagogy; professional learning; English teaching; secondary education
Year2023
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Journal citation133, p. Article 104278
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN1879-2480
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2023.104278
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Scholes, Laura, Lampert, Jo, Burnett, Bruce M., Comber, Barbara, Hoff, Lutz and Ferguson, Angela. (2017). The politics of quality teacher discourses : Implications for pre-service teachers in high poverty schools. Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 42(4.3), pp. 19 - 43. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2017v42n4.3
Open dialogue peer review : A response to Claxton & Lucas
Hattie, John, Clinton, Janet and Rowe, Luke. (2016). Open dialogue peer review : A response to Claxton & Lucas. Psychology of Education Review. 40(1), pp. 30-37. https://doi.org/10.53841/bpsper.2016.40.1.30
Intercultural teacher education: Elementary teacher educators' perspectives of the role of gender in leadership in Papua New Guinea
Scholes, Laura, Brownlee, Joanne Lunn, Davis, Julie and Ann, Farrell. (2016). Intercultural teacher education: Elementary teacher educators' perspectives of the role of gender in leadership in Papua New Guinea. In In Farrell, A. (Ed.). Diversity in the early years: Intercultural learning and teaching pp. 76 - 101 Oxford University Press.
Indigenous ways with literacies : Transgenerational, multimodal, placed, and collective
Mills, Kathy A., Davis-Warra, John, Sewell, Marlene and Anderson, Mikayla. (2016). Indigenous ways with literacies : Transgenerational, multimodal, placed, and collective. Language and Education. 30(1), pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2015.1069836
Challenging ideological environments: International teachers' experiences in an outside-of-country teacher training programme
Gutierrez, Amanda. (2016). Challenging ideological environments: International teachers' experiences in an outside-of-country teacher training programme. Critical Studies in Education. 57(3), pp. 313 - 329. https://doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2015.1076492
Literacy theories for the digital age : Social, critical, multimodal, spatial, material and sensory lenses
Mills, Kathy A.. (2016). Literacy theories for the digital age : Social, critical, multimodal, spatial, material and sensory lenses Multilingual Matters.
Critical values education in the early years: Alignment of teachers’ personal epistemologies and practices for active citizenship
Brownlee, Joanna, Scholes, Laura, Walker, Sue and Johansson, Eva. (2016). Critical values education in the early years: Alignment of teachers’ personal epistemologies and practices for active citizenship. Teaching and Teacher Education. 59, pp. 261 - 273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2016.06.009
Emotional experiences of preservice science teachers in online learning : The formation, disruption and maintenance of social bonds
Bellocchi, Alberto, Mills, Kathy A. and Ritchie, Stephen M.. (2016). Emotional experiences of preservice science teachers in online learning : The formation, disruption and maintenance of social bonds. Cultural Studies of Science Education. 11(3), pp. 629-652. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-015-9673-9
Exploring the becoming of pre-service teachers in paired placement models
Gutierrez, Amanda. (2016). Exploring the becoming of pre-service teachers in paired placement models. In In R. Brandenburg, S. McDonough and J. Burke & S. White (Ed.). Teacher education: Innovation, intervention and impact pp. 139 - 156 Springer Science and Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0785-9_9
Humanizing digital literacies : A road trip in search of wisdom and insight
Rowsell, Jennifer, Burke, Anne, Flewitt, Rosie, Liao, Han-Teng, Lin, Angel, Marsh, Jackie, Mills, Kathy, Prinsloo, Mastin, Rowe, Deborah and Wohlwend, Karen. (2016). Humanizing digital literacies : A road trip in search of wisdom and insight. The Reading Teacher. 70(1), pp. 121-129. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1501
The literacy curriculum : A critical review
Mills, Kathy A. and Unsworth, Len. (2016). The literacy curriculum : A critical review. In In Wyse, Dominic, Hayward, Louise and Pandya, Jessica (Ed.). The SAGE handbook of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment pp. 621-637 SAGE Publications Inc..
Interrogating policy contradictions in literacy reforms about persuasive texts
Exley, Beryl and Mills, Kathy Ann. (2015). Interrogating policy contradictions in literacy reforms about persuasive texts. 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL 16 - 20 Apr 2015 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-8
Decolonizing digital heritage practices for Indigenous literacy : A multimodal analysis of iPad Tellagami videos
Mills, Kathy Ann and Exley, Beryl. (2015). Decolonizing digital heritage practices for Indigenous literacy : A multimodal analysis of iPad Tellagami videos. 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL 16 - 20 Apr 2015 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-12
Race, the senses, and the materials of writing and literacy practices
Mills, Kathy and Dreamson, Neal. (2015). Race, the senses, and the materials of writing and literacy practices. In In Turbill, Jan, Barton, Georgina and Brock, Cynthia (Ed.). Teaching writing in today's classrooms : Looking back to look forward pp. 301-315 Australian Literacy Educators' Association.
Learning English pragmatics in China : An investigation into Chinese EFL learners’ perceptions of pragmatics
Yuan, Yifeng, Tangen, Donna, Mills, Kathy A. and Lidstone, John. (2015). Learning English pragmatics in China : An investigation into Chinese EFL learners’ perceptions of pragmatics. The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language. 19(1), pp. 1-16.
Socio-spatial approaches to literacy studies : Rethinking the social constitution and politics of space
Mills, Kathy A. and Comber, Barbara. (2015). Socio-spatial approaches to literacy studies : Rethinking the social constitution and politics of space. In In Rowsell, Jennifer and Pahl, Kate (Ed.). The Routledge handbook of literacy studies pp. 91-103 Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315717647
Transforming the core business of teaching and learning in classrooms through ICT
Chandra, Vinesh and Mills, Kathy A.. (2015). Transforming the core business of teaching and learning in classrooms through ICT. Technology, Pedagogy and Education. 24(3), pp. 285-301. https://doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2014.975737
'Turning around' to the affordances of digital games: English curriculum and students' lifeworlds
Beavis, Catherine, Walsh, Christopher, Bradford, Clare, O'Mara, Joanne, Apperley, Thomas and Gutierrez, Amanda. (2015). 'Turning around' to the affordances of digital games: English curriculum and students' lifeworlds. English in Australia. 50(2), pp. 30 - 40.
Doing digital composition on the social web : Knowledge processes in literacy learning
Mills, Kathy A.. (2015). Doing digital composition on the social web : Knowledge processes in literacy learning. In In Cope, Bill and Kalantzis, Mary (Ed.). A pedagogy of multiliteracies : Learning by design pp. 172-185 Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137539724_10
Clandestine Readers: Boys and girls going ‘undercover’ in school spaces
Scholes, Laura. (2015). Clandestine Readers: Boys and girls going ‘undercover’ in school spaces. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 36(3), pp. 359 - 374. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2013.826899
Cultural flows in an Aboriginal school : Deterritorializing textual production through a socially mediated Indigenous heritage
Mills, Kathy Ann. (2014). Cultural flows in an Aboriginal school : Deterritorializing textual production through a socially mediated Indigenous heritage. 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA 03 - 07 Apr 2014 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-10
Gaming well: Links between videogames and flourishing mental health
Jones, Christian M., Scholes, Laura, Johnson, Daniel, Katsikitis, Mary and Carras, Michelle C.. (2014). Gaming well: Links between videogames and flourishing mental health. Frontiers in Psychology. 5, pp. 1 - 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00260
Exploring critical literacy in Victoria and Queensland : Affordances, tensions and hybridisations
Gutierrez, Amanda. (2014). Exploring critical literacy in Victoria and Queensland : Affordances, tensions and hybridisations. English in Australia. 49(3), pp. 33 - 41.
Boys and CSA prevention: Issues surrounding gender and approaches for prevention
Scholes, Laura, Jones, Christian and Nagel, Michael. (2014). Boys and CSA prevention: Issues surrounding gender and approaches for prevention. Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 39(11), pp. 1 - 15. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2014v39n11.1
Teaching persuasive texts : Building a language of evaluation through hedging and moderated intensification
Mills, Kathy and Dooley, Karen. (2014). Teaching persuasive texts : Building a language of evaluation through hedging and moderated intensification. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years. 22(3), pp. 33-41.
New directions for digital video creation in the classroom : Spatiality, embodiment, and creativity
Ranker, Jason and Mills, Kathy. (2014). New directions for digital video creation in the classroom : Spatiality, embodiment, and creativity. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 57(6), pp. 440-443. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.278
Narrative and multimodality in English language arts curricula : A tale of two nations
Mills, Kathy and Exley, Beryl. (2014). Narrative and multimodality in English language arts curricula : A tale of two nations. Language Arts. 92(2), pp. 136-143.
Serious games for learning: Games-based child sexual abuse prevention in schools
Scholes, Laura, Jones, Christian, Stieler-Hunt, Colleen and Rolfe, Ben. (2014). Serious games for learning: Games-based child sexual abuse prevention in schools. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 18(9), pp. 934 - 956. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2013.860195
Enhancing interdisciplinary learning with a learning management system
Park, Ji Yong and Mills, Kathy A.. (2014). Enhancing interdisciplinary learning with a learning management system. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. 10(2), pp. 299-313.
Critical applied linguistics
Iyer, Radha, Kettle, Margaret, Luke, Allan and Mills, Kathy. (2014). Critical applied linguistics. In In Leung, Constant and Street, Brian V. (Ed.). The Routledge companion to English studies pp. 317-332 Routledge.
Time, space, and text in the elementary school digital writing classroom
Mills, Kathy A. and Exley, Beryl. (2014). Time, space, and text in the elementary school digital writing classroom. Written Communication. 31(4), pp. 434-469. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741088314542757
E-motion diaries : Blogging emotional responses to online learning in higher education
Mills, Kathy A. and Ritchie, Stephen M.. (2014). E-motion diaries : Blogging emotional responses to online learning in higher education. 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA 03 - 07 Apr 2014 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-15
Children's emotions and multimodal appraisal of places : Walking with the camera
Mills, Kathy, Unsworth, Len, Bellochi, Alberto, Park, Ji Yong and Ritchie, Stephen. (2014). Children's emotions and multimodal appraisal of places : Walking with the camera. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 37(3), pp. 171-181.
CUOL : See you online
Mills, Kathy A.. (2013). CUOL : See you online. Screen education. 70(Winter), pp. 52-57.
Yarning circles in the literacy classroom
Mills, Kathy A., Sunderland, Naomi and Davis-Warra, John. (2013). Yarning circles in the literacy classroom. The Reading Teacher. 67(4), pp. 285-289. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1195
Space, place and power : The spatial turn in literacy research
Mills, Kathy A. and Comber, Barbara. (2013). Space, place and power : The spatial turn in literacy research. In In Hall, Kathy, Cremin, Teresa, Comber, Barbara and Moll, Luis C. (Ed.). International handbook of research in children’s literacy, learning and culture pp. 412-423 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118323342.ch30
The architecture of children's use of language and tools when problem solving collaboratively with robotics
Mills, Kathy A., Chandra, Vinesh and Park, Ji Yong. (2013). The architecture of children's use of language and tools when problem solving collaboratively with robotics. Australian Educational Researcher. 40(3), pp. 315-337. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-013-0094-z
Gender, inclusivity and engagement
Nagel, Michael and Scholes, Laura. (2013). Gender, inclusivity and engagement. In In M. Hyde, L. Carpenter and R. Conway (Ed.). Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement pp. 91 - 105 Oxford University Press.
Boys, masculinity and literacy: The influence of notions of masculinity on educational outcomes
Scholes, Laura. (2013). Boys, masculinity and literacy: The influence of notions of masculinity on educational outcomes. Masculinidad y Cambio Social. 2(2), pp. 194 - 220. https://doi.org/10.4471/MCS.2013.29
Multimodal and monomodal discourses of marketization in higher education : Power, ideology, and the absence of the image
Mills, Kathy Ann. (2013). Multimodal and monomodal discourses of marketization in higher education : Power, ideology, and the absence of the image. 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA 27 Apr - 01 May 2013 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-8
Sensing place : Embodiment, sensoriality, kinesis, and children behind the camera
Mills, Kathy, Comber, Barbara and Kelly, Pippa. (2013). Sensing place : Embodiment, sensoriality, kinesis, and children behind the camera. English Teaching: Practice and Critique. 12(2), pp. 11-27.
The teachers' role in child sexual abuse prevention programs: Implications for teacher education
Scholes, Laura, Jones, Christian, Stieler-Hunt, Colleen, Rolfe, Ben and Pozzebon, Kay. (2012). The teachers' role in child sexual abuse prevention programs: Implications for teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 37(11), pp. 104 - 131. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2012v37n11.5
Parsing the Australian curriculum English : Grammar, multimodality and cross-cultural texts
Exley, Beryl and Mills, Kathy A.. (2012). Parsing the Australian curriculum English : Grammar, multimodality and cross-cultural texts. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 35(2), pp. 192-205.
Learning to lead: A social justice perspective on understanding elementary teacher leadership in Papua New Guinea
Brownlee, Joanna, Scholes, Laura, Ann, Farrell, Davis, Julie and Cook, Donna. (2012). Learning to lead: A social justice perspective on understanding elementary teacher leadership in Papua New Guinea. Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 37(4), pp. 18 - 35.
Engaging the creative arts to meet the needs of twenty-first-century boys
Scholes, Laura and Nagel, Michael C.. (2012). Engaging the creative arts to meet the needs of twenty-first-century boys. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 16(10), pp. 969 - 984. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2010.538863
'I'm making it different to the book' : Transmediation in young children's multimodal and digital texts
Mills, Kathy. (2011). 'I'm making it different to the book' : Transmediation in young children's multimodal and digital texts. Australian Journal of Early Childhood. 36(3), pp. 56-65. https://doi.org/10.1177/183693911103600308
Inciting the social imagination to realizing the dream : An unfolding story of transformative action in a low- socioeconomic school
Mills, Kathy. (2011). Inciting the social imagination to realizing the dream : An unfolding story of transformative action in a low- socioeconomic school. 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA 08 - 12 Apr 2011 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-8
iPed pedagogy for digital text production
Mills, Kathy Ann and Levido, Amanda. (2011). iPed pedagogy for digital text production. The Reading Teacher. 65(1), pp. 80-91.
'Now I know their secrets' : Kineikonic texts in the literacy classroom
Mills, Kathy. (2011). 'Now I know their secrets' : Kineikonic texts in the literacy classroom. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 34(1), pp. 24-37.
Microblogging as a literacy practice for educational communities
Mills, Kathy and Chandra, Vinesh. (2011). Microblogging as a literacy practice for educational communities. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 55(1), pp. 35-45. https://doi.org/10.1598/JAAL.55.1.4
The multiliteracies classroom
Mills, Kathy A.. (2011). The multiliteracies classroom Multilingual Matters.
Classroom teachers as co-researchers: The affordances and challenges of collaboration
O'Mara, Joanne and Gutierrez, Amanda. (2010). Classroom teachers as co-researchers: The affordances and challenges of collaboration. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 33(1), pp. 41 - 53.
“Filming in progress” : New spaces for multimodal designing
Mills, Kathy A.. (2010). “Filming in progress” : New spaces for multimodal designing. Linguistics and Education. 21(1), pp. 14-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2009.12.003
Shrek meets Vygotsky : Rethinking adolescents multimodal literacy practices in schools
Mills, Kathy. (2010). Shrek meets Vygotsky : Rethinking adolescents multimodal literacy practices in schools. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 54(1), pp. 35-45. https://doi.org/10.1598/JAAL.54.1.4
'Experts on the field': Redefining literacy boundaries
Gutierrez, Amanda and Beavis, Catherine. (2010). 'Experts on the field': Redefining literacy boundaries. In pp. 146 - 161 Peter Lang Publishing.
Floating on a sea of talk : Reading comprehension through speaking and listening
Mills, Kathy A.. (2009). Floating on a sea of talk : Reading comprehension through speaking and listening. The Reading Teacher. 63(4), pp. 325-329. https://doi.org/10.1598/RT.63.4.8
Multiliteracies : Interrogating competing discourses
Mills, Kathy A.. (2009). Multiliteracies : Interrogating competing discourses. Language and Education. 23(2), pp. 103-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500780802152762
Transformed practice in a pedagogy of multiliteracies
Mills, Kathy A.. (2008). Transformed practice in a pedagogy of multiliteracies. Pedagogies: An international journal. 3(2), pp. 109-128. https://doi.org/10.1080/15544800801929419
Access to multiliteracies : A critical ethnography
Mills, Kathy Ann. (2007). Access to multiliteracies : A critical ethnography. Ethnography and Education. 2(3), pp. 305-325. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457820701547310
'Mr Travelling-at-will Ted Doyle' : Discourses in a multiliteracies classroom
Mills, Kathy A.. (2006). 'Mr Travelling-at-will Ted Doyle' : Discourses in a multiliteracies classroom. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 29(2), pp. 132-154.
"We've been wastin' a whole million watchin' her doin' her shoes" : Situated practice within a pedagogy of multiliteracies
Mills, Kathy A.. (2006). "We've been wastin' a whole million watchin' her doin' her shoes" : Situated practice within a pedagogy of multiliteracies. Australian Educational Researcher. 33(3), pp. 13-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03216840
Reflections on cultural crossroads: 'empowering' students in a critical literacy classroom.
Gutierrez, Amanda. (2005). Reflections on cultural crossroads: 'empowering' students in a critical literacy classroom. English in Australia. 143, pp. 48 - 59.
Deconstructing binary oppositions in literacy discourse and pedagogy
Mills, Kathy. (2005). Deconstructing binary oppositions in literacy discourse and pedagogy. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 28(1), pp. 67-82.