ERIC Number: ED227199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Simulation Gaming and Racial Attitudes.
Wieseman, Robert A.
An experimental study among fifth and sixth graders in three inner-city schools (which were predominantly white, predominantly black, and racially mixed, respectively) investigated the effect of simulation gaming as a teaching technique on students' racial attitudes. In each school, an experimental group was exposed to "Equality," a 4-week simulation game in which students were involved in various readings and role-playing exercises, and then took on different roles as citizens in a community which had to resolve a conflict over school desegregation. Control groups in the three schools were exposed to the same topic in the same amount of time, through the lecture discussion method. Racial attitudes before and after the treatment were measured on the Anti-White Scale. Results indicated that: (1) the racial attitudes of blacks and whites were at the extreme ends of the criterion measure, and neither simulation gaming nor lecture-discussion could significantly change these attitudes; and (2) school racial composition accounted for significant differences in racial attitudes between blacks and whites. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Anti White Scale; Simulation Games