Kurt Squire

Kurt Squire

Kurt Squire


Co-Director, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Games Learning Society

Years Active



  • B. Phil., Interdisciplinary Studies with a Focus in Social Science Education¬†magna cum laude,¬†Western College Program, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Ph.D., Instructional Systems Technology, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


A former Montessori and primary school teacher, Squire also has served as research manager of the Games-to-Teach Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-director of the Education Arcade. He is an internationally recognized leader in games and learning, and the author of more than 50 publications on games and learning.

Research Description

Videogames have emerged as an important new medium, shaping how we play, interact, and learn. Games push the boundaries of consumer-grade simulation, interactive narrative, the design of virtual communities, and the formation of a global media culture. Games make it possible to lead virtual civilizations, be an international fiancier, or even explore an electric field from the perspective of a charged particle. Kurt Squire’s research interest is in how such gaming technologies can be used to support learning in educational settings. This work has three overlapping components: (1) Researching learning through participation in game-based learning environments, (2) The analysis of games and game cultures in naturally occurring contexts, and (3) The design of original game-based media for learning.