University of Oulu

Mertala, Pekka (2016) Unicorn in rainbow park : a glance at young children’s game design ideas. In: Íris Pereira, Altina Ramos & Jackie Marsh (eds.) The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children: Engaging with Emergent Research Proceedings of the first Training School of COST Action IS1410, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 6th - 8th June, 2016. Article 13.

Unicorn in rainbow park : a glance at young children’s game design ideas

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Author: Mertala, Pekka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe201903259936
Language: English
Published: Centro de Investigação em Educação (CIEd) /Research Centre on Education, Instituto de Educação, Universidade do Minho, Braga, PORTUGAL, 2016
Publish Date: 2019-03-25
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Abstract

In this study, 5-to7-year-old Finnish children were asked to show, by drawing a design, what would be “the best game in the world” for them. Data were analyzed through a framework of game design elements. Children were found to be keen to modify existing games by adding new things to them. Often these additions had their roots in other meaningful media texts. Thus, children’s game ideas became collage-like representations of their lifeworld, which highlights the importance of the aesthetic element of game design (i.e. the emotional aspects of a gaming experience).

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Article number: 13
Host publication: The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children: Engaging with Emergent Research, Proceedings of the first Training School of COST Action IS1410, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 6th - 8th June, 2016
Host publication editor: Pereira, Íris
Ramos, Altina
Marsh, Jackie
Conference: Training School of COST Action IS1410
Type of Publication: B3 Article in conference pro-ceedings
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
518 Media and communications
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Copyright information: © 2016 Pekka Mertala.