Gee’s First Principle: Systems Thinking

Gee’s First Principle on How Good Games Create Deep Understanding: Systems Thinking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VEsoOSrkF0

most problems of the real world have to do with Complex systems: environment, economy, global immigration, science

Many variables interact in complex ways with each other.

Games are a sort of Model Based Reasoning.

Model Based Reasoning is the foundation of scientific reasoning

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Gee. Third Principle: The Cycle of Expertise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chbv7SBScrw

Gee. Fourth Principle. Information: Just in time and on demand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhK0HV96DJU

Gee. Fifth Principle about good problem solving: Fish Tank
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNPiCXqbY8
complexity; extremely complex systems; variables; interactions
games initially don’t present you with the full array of complexity of the game

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Gee. Sixth principle for how to set up good problem-based learning: Sandboxes
Explore. Take risks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUhUbt0NNPw

related:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_world

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Gee. Seventh Principle. Skills as Strategies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-rzihQEEoA
to get good at anything you have to master certain skills (practice over and over, but that’s boring)

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