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ERIC Number: ED023145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Pages: 22
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Games as Vehicles for Social Theory.
Coleman, James S.
The relation of games to life in general is discussed, with the suggestion that games constitute an excursion or "time out" from goal-directed activities in life, in which an alternative set of rules are established for a delimited period. A game thus constitutes a short-term parallel to life in general. As such, it acts, for children, as a device through which they explore social organization, comparable to their explorations of the physical environment at an earlier period of life. The use of games by the sociologist constitutes a formalization of this means for learning about social organization. An extended example of the use of a game involving collective decisions is presented to show this role of games in the development of social theory. (AUTHOR)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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