ERIC Number: ED055005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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Effects of a Legislative Simulation Game on the Political Attitudes of Junior High School Students.
Livingston, Samuel A.
This report, prepared by the Academic Games program of the Center, investigates the effects of the game Democracy on the political attitudes of junior high school students through two studies. The game focuses on the process of log-rolling, which the players, assuming the role of congressmen, quickly discover to be the most effective way to satisfy their simulated constituencies. Both studies were designed to test the same four hypotheses: 1) playing Democracy will cause students to be less disapproving of congressional log-rolling; 2) playing the game will increase students' feelings of political efficacy; 3) playing Democracy will increase the students' interest in politics and the legislative process; and, 4) the previously mentioned changes in attitude will be positively correlated with understanding of the game. The subjects were 8th and 9th grade students from neighboring schools near Baltimore. Measurement instruments were the same for the two studies. The results of both studies clearly support the first hypothesis. The results for the second hypothesis were not so clear--in both studies the differences are in the projected direction, but in one study they are not statistically significant. The third hypothesis is not supported. And finally, attitude change was not positively correlated with understanding of the game. (Author/JLB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.