Spirit of the Game: Empowering Students as Designers in Schools?

Document Type

Journal Article


Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


Education and Arts






This article was originally published as: Lim, C. P. (2008). Spirit of the game: Empowering students as designers in schools?. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39(6), 996-1003. Original available here


The aim of this paper and the one which follows is to explore how the potential of computer games may be taken up in schools to support learning engagement among students. It is not the intention of the papers to dismiss existing classroom practices or overlook accounts of innovative practices in schools; the papers' aim is to provide educators who are interested in exploring the use of computer games in schools with information and ideas about how these games may be effectively used to engage students in their learning. This paper questions whether the empowerment of students to create games for one another based on the school curriculum may address the insignificance of computer games in the sociocultural setting of the school. Both papers have been commissioned by Microsoft (Asia-Pacific) under the Partners-In-Learning Initiative. Under this initiative, Microsoft establishes partnerships with ministries of education, national and local government bodies, and other stakeholders to empower students and teachers to realize their full potential, mediated by information and communication technologies.


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