Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past

Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices

  • C. Edward Watson
  • Thomas Chase Hagood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Thomas Chase Hagood, C. Edward Watson, Brittany M. Williams
    Pages 1-16
  3. Robert S. Bledsoe, Lee Anna Maynard, Deborah South Richardson
    Pages 41-73
  4. Carolyn A. Schult, April Lidinsky, Lisa Fetheringill Zwicker, Elizabeth E. Dunn
    Pages 75-89
  5. Keri Watson, Patsy D. Moskal
    Pages 91-111
  6. Marie Gasper-Hulvat, David M. Dees, Anthony V. Shreffler
    Pages 113-125
  7. Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Mary Grace Strasma, Russ Olwell, Mark D. Higbee
    Pages 141-157
  8. Thomas Chase Hagood, Naomi J. Norman, Hyeri Park, Brittany M. Williams
    Pages 159-192
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 221-229

About this book


This book provides classroom practice and research studies that verify Reacting to the Past (RTTP)—a student-centered, active learning pedagogy that provides college students and faculty unique teaching and learning opportunities—as a high impact practice for student learning and engagement. The overarching objective of this book is to collect practices and evidence from multiple disciplines and institution types regarding the efficacy of RTTP in higher education classroom settings. At its core, RTTP is a game-based pedagogy with published games on some of the most conflicted moments of human history.  While RTTP is deeply grounded in theory and literature that suggests its approaches can be impactful, deep and broad examinations of RTTP pedagogies in a range of course settings have not been extensively performed until now. This book provides guidance and an evidence-base on which to build RTTP practices.


active learning pedagogy Mark C. Carnes game-based learning Social Constructivism Meaningful Engagement art history

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Edward Watson
    • 1
  • Thomas Chase Hagood
    • 2
  1. 1.Association of American Colleges and UniversitiesWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61746-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61747-3
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