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The Soap Opera Game: A Teaching Aid for Sociology of the Family

Richard M. Levinson
Teaching Sociology
Vol. 7, No. 2 (Jan., 1980), pp. 181-190
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1317125
Page Count: 10
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The Soap Opera Game: A Teaching Aid for Sociology of the Family
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Abstract

A simulation game was developed to foster application of sociological principles to a study of family and marital interaction. Spouse roles were assigned to undergraduate students when then confronted a series of crises or "episodes" which reflected ideas discussed in the assigned readings. Students coped with the nine episodes, kept a record of decisions and reactions and produced a paper applying sociological theory and research findings to their own simulated marital experience. Assessment of the game's merit was based upon ability of the students to successfully complete the written assignment, students' evaluations of the experience and comparisons of student course evaluation with and without use of the game.

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