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ERIC Number: ED137172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 158
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Games and Simulations in History. Education Today.
Birt, David; Nichol, Jon
The purpose of this book is to introduce elementary and secondary history teachers to simulation as a teaching aid. The authors provide a rationale for using simulations, present examples of classroom games, and explain how to develop games from historical materials. Chapters one and two point out that simulations provide students with motivation, empathy, insight into the historical process, and social skills, as well as giving history a three-dimensional aspect. Games are classified as single, group, or class role-play. Activities and artifacts such as maps, decision tables, and debates lend a variety of components and provide for historical accuracy and relevance. Six simulations are described in chapters three through eight, with explicit information about age level, framework, equipment needed, steps necessary to play the game, instructions and activities for the students, and applicable role descriptions or crisis situations. The games, which last from two to six class periods, cover topics such as the frontier in American history, evolution of a Saxon village in the 12th century, and development of the iron industry during the 18th century. Discussion in chapters nine and ten includes selection of topics for teacher-developed simulations and problems one might encounter when constructing and then using the games in the classroom. (AV)
Longman, Inc., 19 West 44th Street, New York, New York 10036 ($5.50 paperback)
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