This entry offers an introduction to the use and usefulness of analogue games to teach democratic norms and values. Understanding the different meanings and values of democracy provides – especially young – citizens with the necessary tool kit to make sense of their role as democratic citizens. After all, democracies need democrats. Games and game elements lend themselves especially well to teach democratic norms and values – due to the affinity of game mechanics to modelling human interactions (like cooperation and conflict) as well as their ability to convey highly complex and morally charged topics in an engaging way.
The first section of this entry provides a short introduction on democracy education, especially highlighting the recently developed transnational “Reference Framework of Competences for Democracy Culture” from the Council of Europe, which offers a systematic approach to teach topics like human rights, democracy, and the rule of law (Council of Europe 2018...
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Ruth-Lovell, S., Welge, R., Lovell, R. (2019). Teaching Democratic Norms and Values with Analogue Games. In: Peters, M., Heraud, R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2262-4_44-1
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