Title

Meeting the Challenge: Creating Engaging and Powerful Contexts for Literacy Learning

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Abstract

This article explores the conditions of "flow" experience from two studies into the literate lives of young men (Smith and Wilhelm 2002; 2006) that were explanatory, when present, of motivation and engagement in various activities including literacy, and when absent, of a lack of motivation and engagement in various activities including literacy. Typical school activities and the lack of flow, as experienced by informants in the studies, is contrasted with the experience of playing video games and the practical implications of how to meet the conditions of flow experience in school using inquiry framings of traditional curricular topics.

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