Simple Games for Teaching Sociological perspectives: Four examples of the Do-It-Yourself Approach
A good example of simple use of learning games in the classroom to anticipate and/or reinforce themes and concepts discussed in texts and lectures. As it is just a step away from conventional teaching the approach constitutes a possible "way in" for teachers thinking about using games in their practice. The article furthermore encourages teachers to develop their own teaching games, which can be structured or improvisational, utilizing either a role-playing or small groups approach. Four practical examples from the context of undergraduate introductory sociology are presented with instructions, design considerations and considerations regarding student responses to four games devised and piloted by the author for use in a one-hour class period.
Straus A. (1986) Simple Games for Teaching Sociological perspectives: Four examples of the Do-It-Yourself Approach Chapter in Teaching Sociology, 1986, Vol. 14 (April:119-128)