Adventures in Reasoning

Communal Inquiry through Fantasy Role-Play
by Jason J. Howard
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Publication Date: July 16, 2015

ISBN: 9781475809114

Binding: Kobo eBook

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Helping students think more critically, communicate ideas more effectively, and work more cooperatively with others are goals widely recognized as indispensable to a proper education. Adventures in Reasoning: Communal Inquiry Through Fantasy Role-Play provides middle school, high school, and even post-secondary teachers with a method to cultivate these crucial skill sets in a way that is engaging, academically rigorous, and also fun.

The role-playing approach draws upon the pioneering notion of the community of inquiry as a vehicle for enhancing student learning and development through discussing philosophical concepts and issues. Students create characters that they then use to explore a rich fantasy world filled with practical and conceptual challenges specifically designed to enhance a wide range of cognitive and communication abilities. Drawing together the appeal of fantasy narratives with the rigor of communal inquiry,
Adventures in Reasoning provides educators with a rich array of tools through which to engage students’ interests, capture their curiosity, and cultivate crucial cognitive and social skills. Some additional key features of this book include:

  • step-by-step instructions on how to implement fantasy-gaming in the classroom
  • tips on how to assess students’ critical and creative reasoning skills
  • easy to understand rules for fantasy role-playing
  • detailed adventure quests provided that target a wide array of skill sets
  • overview of the pedagogical benefits of introducing philosophy and communal inquiry to middle and high school students
  • lots of advice and suggestions on how to facilitate an effective community of inquiry and how to ...