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Barbies and chimps: text and childhoods in virtual worlds


Carrington, V, Barbies and chimps: text and childhoods in virtual worlds, Virtual Literacies: Interactive Spaces for Children and Young People, Routledge, G Merchant, J Gillen, J Marsh and J Davies (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 41-46. ISBN 978-0-415-89960-4 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]


Virtual worlds, computer-based online communities that create and sustain online spaces inhabited by users in the form of avatars, are becoming a major site of social interaction and entertainment for growing millions of young people. In 2010 virtual world registrations passed the 1 billion mark. 46% of this fi gure comes from registrants identifying as between 10 and 15 years of age (Kzero Worldswide, 2011). In all, users between the ages of 10 and 15 currently account for 468 million virtual world registrations. These fi gures suggest that a lot of children and young people are hanging out in the social and gaming spaces provided by virtual worlds. They are therefore sites of interest for those of us concerned with the ways in which texts are encountered and engaged with in online contexts.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Carrington, V (Professor Victoria Carrington)
ID Code:144486
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-05-26
Last Modified:2021-07-29

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