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Simulated History as Life's Teacher: Investigating the potential for historical simulation games to nurture historical consciousness
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Simulerad Historia som Livets Lärare : En undersökning av potentialen hos historiska simulationsspel att utveckla historiemedvetande (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the potential of historical simulation games to nurture historical consciousness. Merging the subject of history and game studies, the material analyzed is the digital game Crusader Kings 2 as well as player created narratives spawned from it.

The paper uses a mixed method from game study and history didactics, and theories of historical consciousness to interpret the material.

The study shows that the potential to develop historical consciousness do exist in the historical simulation game, and that the narratives that players create from play contain signs of historical consciousness. The study opens up the field for future case studies where the development of historical consciousness through historical simulation can be tested in a formal school setting.

Abstract [sv]

Denna studie undersöker potentialen hos historiska simulationer i digitala spel att utveckla historiemedvetande. Ämnet historia och spelstudier blandas i denna uppsats där det digitala spelet Crusader Kings 2 och tillhörande spelarskapade narrativ undersöks.

Studien använder en blandad metod från spelstudier och historiedidaktik. Teorier om historiemedvetande används för att tolka materialet.

Undersökningen visar att det finns potential för detta historiska simulationsspel att utveckla historiemedvetande. Den visar även att tecken på historiemedvetande syns i de spelarskapade narrativen. Studien öppnar upp för framtida fallstudier där utvecklingen av historiemedvetande genom historisk simulation kan testas i formell skolmiljö.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Historical consciousness, historical simulation, historical empathy, game studies, history didactics, teaching
Keywords [sv]
Historiemedvetande, historisk simulation, historisk empati, spelstudier, historiedidaktik, lärande
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38386OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38386DiVA, id: diva2:1326131
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History
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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