ERIC Number: ED063732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
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Simulation, Futurism, and the Liberal Arts College: A Case Study.
Little, Dennis L.; de Brigard, Raul
The Institute for the Future offered a course in urban simulation at Wesleyan University (Conn.). The course, described here, asked the class to create its own urban simulation, based on Middletown, Conn., and to play the simulation themselves. This paper describes the structure of the simulation, reviews some of its results, and illustrates the shifting student attitude towards gaming as a methodology. Steps in the simulation included the compilation of data, assessment of five "functional areas" of community concern (education, government, economics, natural environment, and man-made environment), projection of alternative futures, development of roles, and simulated evaluation of alternative futures. By the end of the course, students had come to see the merits of gaming. An appendix presents the results of the simulation. (JK)
Descriptors: College Programs, Course Descriptions, Educational Media, Simulation, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Urban Environment, Urban Planning
Institute for the Future, Riverview Center, Middletown, Connecticut 06457 ($2.00)
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Authoring Institution: Institute for the Future, Middletown, CT.