ERIC Number: ED409219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Games: Four Games To Help Develop Critical Perspectives on Economic and Social Development.
Cumming, James A., Ed.
The four games in this booklet are designed to stimulate critical thinking about the effects of structural and cultural issues on society and on the process of social change. The first and original game, "The Growth Game," gives participants a hands-on experience with the basic theoretical constructs of a Marxian critique of the mainstream tenets of economic growth. Developed for community organizers and "development workers" from the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America, the game helps players to understand the impact of inequality on economic opportunity and the "dependency" critiques of the economics most students have learned. The remaining three games were created to fit other audiences and cultural contexts and address different dimensions of power and inequality. The games include: "The Power Game"; "The Class and Gender Game"; and "The Education and Gender Game." All four variations share the same goal of offering participants the opportunity to grapple with the impact of historical inequalities in power, resources, and other valued social goods. Complete instructions for play are included in the booklet. (EH)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Developing Nations, Disadvantaged Environment, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Games, Foreign Countries, Marxism, Political Power, Power Structure, Problem Solving, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Simulation, Social Change, Social Control, Social Structure, Social Studies, Teaching Guides
Center for International Education, 285 Hills House South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003; telephone: (413) 545-0465 ($2 plus post and pack).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Center for International Education.