Player Agency, Team Responsibility, and Self-Initiated Change: An Apprentice's Learning Trajectory and Peer Mentoring in Esports

Fredrik Rusk*, Matilda Ståhl, Silseth Kenneth

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

An important aspect of what constitutes beginning gamers' learning trajectories is guidance from experienced players. However, there is little educational research on these processes within a competitive gaming scene. In this chapter, the authors analyse the mentor-apprentice relationship in a team in the multiplayer FPS CS:GO within an esports and educational context. By assuming a dialogic approach to agency and meaning making, they analyse how the team orients towards the apprentice's agency and how the apprentice responds to these orientations. The other players' orientations towards the apprentice's decisions indicate that support diminishes, and responsibility and expectations grow over time. Communication and collaboration appear to be an inherent part of functioning as a team and teaching others in the team, and all players are expected to develop agency and reach a level of independence. In the chapter, they show and discuss how this happens.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEsports Research and Its Integration in Education
EditorsMiles Harvey, Rick Marlatt
PublisherIGI Global
Pages103-126
ISBN (Electronic)9781799870715
ISBN (Print)9781799870692, 1799870693, 9781799870708
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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