We the Gamers: How Games Teach Ethics and Civics

ISBN : 9780190926106

Karen Schrier
400 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Distrust. Division. Disparity. Is our world in disrepair? Ethics and civics have always mattered, but perhaps they matter now more than ever before. Recently, with the rise of online teaching and movements like #PlayApartTogether, games have become increasingly acknowledged as platforms for civic deliberation and value sharing. We the Gamers explores these possibilities by examining how we connect, communicate, analyze, and discover when we play games. Combining research-based perspectives and current examples, this volume shows how games can be used in ethics, civics, and social studies education to inspire learning, critical thinking, and civic change. We the Gamers introduces and explores various educational frameworks through a range of games and interactive experiences including board and card games, online games, virtual reality and augmented reality games, and digital games like Minecraft, Executive Command, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Fortnite, When Rivers Were Trails, Politicraft, Quandary, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The book systematically evaluates the types of skills, concepts, and knowledge needed for civic and ethical engagement, and details how games can foster these skills in classrooms, remote learning environments, and other educational settings. We the Gamers also explores the obstacles to learning with games and how to overcome those obstacles by encouraging equity and inclusion, care and compassion, and fairness and justice. Featuring helpful tips and case studies, We the Gamers shows teachers the strengths and limitations of games in helping students connect with civics and ethics, and imagines how we might repair and remake our world through gaming, together.


Part I. Teaching Ethics and Civics
Chapter 1: We the People
Chapter 2: Why Should We Teach Ethics and Civics?
Chapter 3: What Should We Teach?
Part II. Using Games for Knowledge and Action
Chapter 4: What is the Knowledge We Need?
Chapter 5: How Do We Take Real-World Action?
Part III. Using Games for Connection and Community
Chapter 6: How Do We Connect and Communicate?
Chapter 7: How Do We Understand Ourselves and Our Roles in Society?
Chapter 8: How Do We Cultivate Empathy and Respect for Others?
Part IV. Using Games for Critical Thinking and Inquiry
Chapter 9: How Do Make and Reflect on Decisions?
Chapter 10: How Do We Read and Evaluate Information?
Chapter 11: How Do We Analyze Problems and Systems?
Chapter 12: How Do We Explore and Design?
Part V. Games for Ethics and Civics
Chapter 13: Guidelines, Questions, and Considerations
Chapter 14: We the Gamers
Appendix I. Example Lesson Outline 1
Appendix II. Example Lesson Outline 2
Appendix III. Design Toolkit
Appendix IV. Design Principles
Appendix V. Recommendations and Open Questions


Karen Schrier is Associate Professor of Games and Director of the Games and Emerging Media Program at Marist College. She has over 20 years of experience creating, producing, and designing media, and has worked previously at places like Nickelodeon, BrainPOP, and Scholastic.