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Elisabeth R. Hayes

Elisabeth (Betty) Hayes is a professor in the Division of Learning, Technology and Psychology in Education at ASU’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 2007, she was a professor of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990-2007), where she was a founding member of the Games, Learning, & Society research collective. Dr. Hayes received her doctorate from Rutgers University in 1987, and was on the faculty of Syracuse University from 1987- 1990. She brings to gaming research a background in adult literacy education, adult learning and gender equity. Dr. Hayes’s current research interests focus on gender, digital technologies and learning, particularly the development of IT fluency. She is the author and editor of numerous articles, chapters, and books, including Women as Learners (2000) and The Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (2000). Dr. Hayes was a lead investigator on two MacArthur-funded projects: GameDesigner, a collaborative project with the NYC company gameLab to create innovative game design software helps young people acquire technical, artistic, and cognitive skills, and the TechSavvy Girls project (simsavvy.asu.edu), which investigated how gaming can be a starting point for the development of IT fluency, particularly for girls and women.  Currently she is investigating how simulation games like The Sims can support young people’s (particularly girls’) acquisition of model-based reasoning skills.


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Women and Gaming
The Sims and 21st Century Learning

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Today, virtual worlds abound, avatars are every day occurrences, and video games are yesterday’s news. But today’s games are not just a pastime for millions –...
Elisabeth R. Hayes

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