Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Adventure Rock

David Gauntlett and Lizzie Jackson have undertaken an evaluation of children's responses to the BBC's virtual world Adventure Rock, which they reported on at the conference I attended last week. You can find their presentation here. They identified eight different 'types' of virtual world users:

  • Explorer-investigators
  • Self-stampers
  • Social climbers
  • Fighters
  • Collector-consumers
  • Power-users
  • Life-system builders
  • Nurturers
These are helpful categories, I think, but it seems to me that children move across these categories at different times. It would be interesting to trace these categories in relation to gender at some point. In the meantime, you can read a news bulletin about the Adventure Rock study here.

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