With growing cultural diversity in European educational settings, acculturation processes at schools have become more complex as well as ‘problems’ associated to cultural essentialisms in everyday classroom practices. The use of digital games has found to be an effective tool to reinforce teaching/learning practices. Several studies have already shown the benefits of the use of digital games in educational contexts. However, most of these studies are focused on how digital games can be used for knowledge acquisition.
The present research proposes a new approach for the study of digital games in the field of education. Drawing from collaborative approaches, in this chapter, we explore the potential of digital entertaining collaborative games to foster intercultural interaction in culturally diverse classrooms. The mechanisms of intergroup contact theory serve to explain the importance of intercultural interactions for the long-term process of integration.

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Keywords Collaborative games, intercultural interaction, cooperative learning, educational practices, multicultural classrooms
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781316422823.012, hdl.handle.net/1765/110504
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Paz Alencar, A, & de la Hera Conde-Pumpido, T. (2018). Gaming in Multicultural Classrooms. In K. Lakkaraju, G. Sukthankar & R.T. Wigand (Eds.), Social Interactions in Virtual Worlds: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 288-309). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press (pp. 288–310). doi:10.1017/9781316422823.012