ERIC Number: ED218038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Simulation-Gaming for Boom Town Human Service Workers.
Davenport, Joseph, III; Davenport, Judith Ann
The world energy crisis, contrived or real, has resulted in a dizzying pace of energy resource development, and while no area is completely spared, the brunt of exploitation takes place in rural locales, especially the sparsely-populated, resource-rich American and Canadian West. The most striking manifestation of this exploitation is the boom town, defined as the "rapid and extreme growth of population in communities adjacent to mines and construction sites," or as a "community which is undergoing rapid growth and rapid change." The paper describes the social and human service consequences of rapid energy development, discusses the value of utilizing simulation-games in preparing human service personnel for practice, and details a simulation-game designed specifically for human service workers in energy boom towns. An extensive bibliography is included as an aid to persons seeking additional information on boom town problems and/or simulation-gaming. (Author/AH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boomtowns; Energy Development
Note: Paper presented to the National Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas (6th, Beaufort County, SC, July 26-29, 1981).