Kurt Squire

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Kurt Squire
Kurt Squire.jpg
Born Kurt Squire
Fields Education
Game-based learning
Institutions University of Wisconsin–Madison
Alma mater University of Indiana
Known for Game-based learning
Spouse Constance Steinkuehler

Dr. Kurt D. Squire (born July 10, 1972 in Valparaiso, Indiana) is an associate professor at University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Director of the Games, Learning & Society Initiative, best known for his research into game design for education.

He writes a regular column for Computer Games magazine, and has been interviewed for many periodicals and media outlets, from PBS to wired.com.

Biography[edit]

Squire was born as the elder of two children to Walter "Dean" Squire, an accountant, and Susan Elizabeth Nelson, a German language teacher. He attended Portage High School, graduating in 1990, then going on to study at the Western College Program at Miami University.

Education/Teaching Career[edit]

He received a B.Phil in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1994 from Miami University, and earned a Ph.D in 2004 from Indiana University. He taught at the Knoxville Montessori School and the McGuffey Foundation School between 1994–1996; later he became Research Manager of the Games-to-Teach Project at MIT.

Selected Works[edit]

Squire has written over 30 articles and book chapters, and is credited on various games such as Sid Meier's Civilization IV.

  • Squire, K. (2011). Video Games and Learning: Teaching and Participatory Culture in the Digital Age. New York, NY: Teachers College Pres. ISBN 0807751987
  • Shaffer, D. W., Squire, K. R., Halverson, R., & Gee, J. P. (2005). Video games and the future of learning. Phi Delta Kappan, 87(2), 104-111. Citeseer. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/20441942

Public Appearances[edit]

Squire has given talks at dozens of international conferences, with his current research focusing on the impact of contemporary gaming practices on learning, schooling and society.

Major appearances include:

  • PBS, "The video game revolution" [1]
  • NBC, Spring 2004, "Games in the Classroom" [2]
  • Salon.com "Pulling the Trigger on Saddam," November 12, 2002. [3]
  • Wired.com, "PS2, I'm Not Sure I Love You", January 9, 2001 [4]
  • Boston Globe, "Pirates and Physics Tackled in MIT Game", March 14, 2002. [5]

Marriage[edit]

Squire married Dr. Constance Steinkuehler on January 13, 2006. They live and work in Madison, Wisconsin.

Trivia[edit]

Squire is also a musician, playing harmonica on albums such as The Mary Janes Record, No. 1.

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