ERIC Number: ED279283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Electoral College in 1988: A Model for Nationwide Campus Simulations.
Barber, Charles T.
The use of an electoral college simulation model by college students is described. At least 16 students should participate to represent four geographical regions: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West. The electoral college simulation is most relevant in courses on American politics, the United States presidency, and elections. Although its applications have been future-oriented, history professors could use it to replicate specific previous national elections. Ways in which the simulation employs the teaching/learning approach include role playing and decision-making. For 1980 and 1984 simulations, the 20-question debriefing questionnaire gives hints about what occurred in the learning process. Three operational innovations in 1984 were: (1) a bi-state process (using colleges in Indiana and Kentucky); (2) an election cycle process (occurring in April, July, and October); and (3) a ballot process (drawing students from nonpolitical science courses). The projected methodology for 1988 is to select 102 colleges and universities (two for each state and Washington, DC) to participate during each of the three election seasons. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Teaching for Potential Regional Conference on University Teaching (2nd, Las Cruces, NM, January 9-12, 1986). For complete proceedings, see ED 276 328.