Games as Transformative Experiences for Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness, and Deep Learning Strategies & Resources
All games are potentially transformative experiences because they engage the player in dynamic action. When repurposed in an educational context, even highly popular casual games played online to pass the time can engage players in a way that deepens learning. Games as Transformative Experiences for Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness, and Deep Learning: Strategies & Resources examines the learning value of a wide variety of games across multiple disciplines.
Organized just like a well-made game, the book is divided into four parts highlighting classroom experiences, community and culture, virtual learning, and interdisciplinary instruction. The author crosses between the high school and college classroom and addresses a range of disciplines, both online and classroom practice, the design of curriculum, and the transformation of assessment practices.
In addition to a wealth of practical exercises, resources, and lesson ideas, the book explains how to use a wide and diverse range of games from casual to massively multiplayer online games for self-improvement as well as classroom situations.
Introduction: The Transformative Potential of Games for Learning
Part I Games as Transformative Classroom Experiences
Chapter One My Favorite Game: The Power of Personal Learning
Chapter Two Ask the Sphinx: Powerup Student Motivation with Superpower Challenges
Chapter Three Gen Con in the Classroom: Board Games for Learning
Chapter Four Video Games in the English Classroom; Supercharging Critical Literacy
Chapter Five Playing through Stories: Teaching Interactive Narrative
Part II Games as Transformative Experiences in Community and Culture
Chapter Six Using a Game to Counter Prejudice, Biases, and Discrimination Against the Trans community: If Found and Transformative Storytelling
Chapter Seven "Smart Bets" Balancing Uncertainty with Clear Thinking: Annie Duke’s Poker Skills for Everyday Life
Chapter Eight Chess for Self, School & Society
Chapter Nine War from the Other Side: Playing Games to Save Democracy
Chapter Ten The Child as Mother to Man: A Game for Saving Nature
Chapter Eleven Turning Strangers into Neighbors: Improving the World through a Game of Gratitude
Part 3 Casual Games as Transformative Online Experiences
Chapter Twelve Three Small Games for Big Learning in Math and Physics
Chapter Thirteen Playing Small Business Owners: Teaching Management, Self-Efficacy, and Authentic Skills through Casual Games
Chapter Fourteen Teaching Teamwork with a Public Health Game
Chapter Fifteen There is an Imposter ‘Among Us’:
Teaching the Truth in the time of "The Big Lie"
Chapter Sixteen Teaching Tragedy in Real Time: The Syrian Refugee Crisis
Chapter Seventeen Games for College Orientation: Social Emotional Learning
Part IV Playing Across Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Instruction with Film, Games, and Literature
Chapter Eighteen Teaching the Disclosure Scene:
Empathy and Understanding for Trans people
Chapter Nineteen Teaching Over the Top:
The Great War through a Game, painting, Poem, and Superhero Film
Chapter Twenty How ‘Memoirs’ about the Iranian Revolution
Can Help Change Perceptions of the Muslim as ‘Other’
Chapter Twenty One Teaching about Pandemics during a Pandemic
Conclusion A Short Hike to the Top of the Mountain: Teaching the Transcendent or Walking the Dog
"I would posit that David Seelow should be esteemed in the same way we treat John Paul Gee, Jane McGonigal, Jesse Schell, and Lee Sheldon. The book contains significant benefits and is well worth the investment of time and money required to acquire and read the book. This book is highly recommended if you are looking to experiment with GBL in the classroom, either via online, virtual, or hybrid approaches. You will find a wide range of successfully applied games that could be used to stimulate your learners’ interest in achieving a deeper level of learning."
- Michael J. D. Sutton, Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching