Foreword by: Alfie Kohn
Publication Date: February 14, 2022
Cooperative Games in Education is the first comprehensive guide to the world of cooperative play and games for pre-K–12 learning. It includes a thorough pedagogical rationale and guidelines for practice, a survey of related research and scholarship, engaging anecdotes, illustrations, historical background, and an array of sample games to try. In cooperative games, players win or lose together, sharing the experience of fun and challenge. No one can be eliminated in a cooperative game. What is eliminated is us-versus-them perception and zero-sum thinking. When students come to see each other as allies, rather than rivals, there are profound interpersonal effects that enhance community, inclusion, and a positive classroom climate where all can learn and thrive. This accessible, lively resource explains the value of cooperative games with guidance to help teachers use them for maximum social-emotional and academic benefit. Cooperative Games in Education will also interest the broader community of administrators, therapists, school psychologists, game designers, child-care providers, and others who care for children and need tools that foster healthy development, positive relationships, and joy.
Suzanne Lyons is a former physics and general science teacher; co-author of Conceptual Integrated Science, a textbook program used internationally and now in its third edition; a teacher trainer; and an award-wining game designer. Suzanne provides workshops and conference presentations on cooperative games, and she continues to educate the public through her website CooperativeGames.com.
“As Suzanne Lyons argues in the pages that follow, by setting up a scenario where everyone is rooting for everyone else, cooperative games teach children important lessons about the possibility, the practical benefits, and the deep satisfaction of doing things with, rather than against, other people.”
—From the Foreword by Alfie Kohn
“Cooperative Games in Education presents the rare combination of a deep dive into the research and theory behind cooperative play and learning while also providing a comprehensive guide for bringing games into school and community contexts. Lyons makes a compelling and timely case for the power of playing and learning together and provides a treasure trove of tools and ready-to-use activities.”
—Mimi Coughlin, professor, Sacramento State University