ERIC Number: ED067896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Simulation As a Technique For Analyzing Campus Unrest. Final Report.
Streufert, Siegfried; And Others
The question of how to deal with or prevent campus turmoil has not been adequately answered in the past, partly because conflict situations arise so unpredictably, making careful research difficult. A simulation study was conducted at a relatively conservative campus to try to answer in detail questions about the reactions of ordinary students to campus unrest. Four politically neutral students at a time took the role of an ad hoc committee of moderate students during a three-day period turmoil. The students were provided with pre-programed television news reports of either increasing or decreasing violence, telephone access to what they thought were other groups of students taking the roles of the administration, radical students, or conservative students. They also made decisions on courses of action for their group, which they believed were used in a computer determination of outcomes. Detailed measures of attributions to the various factions of causality, responsibility, competence, strength, activity, hostility, aggression, and support were obtained after each of the six simulation time periods. Perhaps the most interesting result obtained was that the administration was more likely than the radicals to gain political stature with moderate students if the university remained open until conflict ceased. (RH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Div. of Sponsored Programs.