What can Dark Souls III teach writing instructors about supporting first-year writers?

dc.contributor.advisorHoermann-Elliot, Jacquelyn
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLackey, Dundee
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBusl, Gretchen
dc.creatorThorpe, Desireé
dc.date.accessioned2024-06-10T16:38:52Z
dc.date.created2024-05
dc.date.issued2024-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2024
dc.date.updated2024-06-10T16:38:52Z
dc.description.abstractMany scholars in the field of rhetoric and composition have explained why video games are good for learning and how video games can be applied in educational spaces (Gee; Shultz-Colby; Sierra). To further explore the relationship between video games and rhetoric and composition, I conducted a qualitative study and recruited first-year writing instructors to play Dark Souls III, an action role-playing game infamously known for its difficulty. From each participant, I collected a pre-reflective questionnaire, Dark Souls III gameplay, and an interview. Using relational content analysis, I coded/analyzed interview transcripts from eight player-teachers. My analysis revealed the following key points: gameplay experiences offer reflective moments for player-teachers about identity, learning, and pedagogy. Additionally, video games teach educators to resist ideologies of deficient writing as learning new skills takes time and practice. Overall, my dissertation demonstrates that video games are just as beneficial to instructors as they are for students.
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dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11274/16235
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.subjectRhetoric and Composition
dc.subject.otherWriting pedagogy
dc.subject.otherVideo games
dc.subject.otherDigital literacies
dc.titleWhat can Dark Souls III teach writing instructors about supporting first-year writers?
dc.typeThesis
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local.embargo.lift2027-05-01
local.embargo.terms2027-05-01
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts
thesis.degree.departmentLanguage, Culture, and Gender Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineRhetoric
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Woman's University
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.programMLA 9th edtion

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