Are you a Werewolf? : Teaching Symbolic Interaction Theory Through Game Play
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In this paper, we report on the implementation of using the game Werewolf as a student-centered applied-learning activity to teach symbolic interaction theory and concepts. Engaging with symbolic interaction theory can be a powerful experience for students due to its potential to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and analyze students’ everyday life experiences. However, some students may have difficulty grasping the specific details and overall significance underlying the perspective. Moreover, research has shown that undergraduate students often have significant levels of anxiety when confronted with In this paper, we report on the sociological theory at both introductory and upper division theory courses. We aim to address recommendations to incorporate more active learning approaches to social theory by outlining an applied-learning activity based on the role-playing game Werewolf. In the paper, we review Werewolf providing step-by-step guide on how to implement the activity in the classroom, followed by summarizing findings from student assessments and classroom evaluations.
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