ERIC Number: ED186308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Teaching International Relations through Simulation: Intercollegiate Exercise on International Terror.
Duly, Leslie C.; Wadlow, Joan K.
The use of simulation in teaching international relations is examined by evaluating how a simulation approach helped students in three institutions of higher education understand international terror. The project involved 97 students from three colleges and universities, and people with expertise in the community including campus police, the F.B.I., the press, the state patrol, and the federal Department of State. Students were first exposed to international terror in history, social science, and journalism courses. They then participated in an international terror simulation at a two-day conference involving students from the three colleges and the community experts. Participants were directed to respond to incidents of international terror including (unbeknownst to them at the outset) release of six hostages selected from among the participants. Evaluations indicated that students found the simulation exciting and worthwhile and that they were better able to appreciate the complexities of international terror as a result of participating in the simulation. Findings also indicated, however, that students were generally incapable of converting initial surprise into an orderly approach for solving problems and that they did not make very good use of professional expertise. The conclusion is that students will be better able to identify and apply learning gained in simulations to real life situations if teachers provide them with more complete orientation toward the problem upon which the simulation is based. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (21st, Los Angeles, CA, March 1980).