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dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Ishbel Mary Macdonald
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Alan Henry David
dc.contributor.authorJiang, Shangyi
dc.identifier.citationDuncan , I M M , Miller , A H D & Jiang , S 2012 , ' A taxonomy of virtual worlds usage in education ' , British Journal of Educational Technology , vol. 43 , no. 6 , pp. 949-964 .
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84867582283
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-7297-9199/work/56639024
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-1209-9063/work/40546713
dc.description.abstractVirtual worlds are an important tool in modern education practices as well as providing socialisation, entertainment and a laboratory for collaborative work. This paper focuses on the uses of virtual worlds for education and synthesises over 100 published academic papers, reports and educational websites from around the world. A taxonomy is then derived from these papers, delineating current theoretical and practical work on virtual world usage, specifically in the field of education. The taxonomy identifies rich veins of current research and practice in associated educational theory and in simulated worlds or environments, yet it also demonstrates the paucity of work in important areas such as evaluation, grading and accessibility.
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dc.rightsThis is an author version of this article (c) the authors. The definitive version published in British Journal of Educational Technology, (c) British Educational Research Association, is available at
dc.subjectVrtual worldsen
dc.subjectLB Theory and practice of educationen
dc.titleA taxonomy of virtual worlds usage in educationen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Computer Scienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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