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Janice Anderson named to International Consortium for Research on Gaming

Janice Anderson, assistant professor of science education, has been named to the International Consortium for Research on Gaming. The newly established consortium consists of researchers from around the world who are interested in gaming practices and their impact in classroom practice.

The consortium is headed by Sasha Barab, Barbara Jacobs Chair of Education and Technology and director of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University, Bloomington and Melissa Gresalfi, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences at Indiana University. Funding for the consortium is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The consortium will allow individual scholars to broaden their research agendas by investigating issues central to their existing research in a new context (online gaming), while simultaneously investigating key questions with a collaborative group of scholars who are examining common issues worldwide. 

Anderson’s work focuses on the use of computer and video games in science education, and how to improve students' engagement with science and technology particularly among populations that are underrepresented in science, based on both gender and race.

In her dissertation research, she explored the use of a 3D virtual world (Quest Atlantis) to teach concepts related to water quality and ecosystems to urban fifth-grade students. Additionally, she studied the impact of gender and learning outcomes on how students engaged with the game. She received her Ph.D. from Boston College in May 2008.

Anderson was a high school science teacher in Dayton, Ohio, from 1992-2003. She received the Hugh Hildebrandt Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science Education in 2003 and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science Education nine times between 1994 and 2003.