ERIC Number: ED309046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Guide on Simulation and Gaming for Environmental Education.
Among various possible pedagogical approaches which favor the integration of an environmental dimension into educational processes, gaming and simulation seem particularly suitable to environmental education. Environmental games and simulations reproduce in a simplified and didactical manner the complex nature of concrete environmental problems. The game situation can take into account various factors as well as the values, interests, and behavioral patterns of different social actions (e.g., scientists, government officials, or the general public) which are likely to contribute to the generation and solution of environmental problems. Games and simulation provide the student-players with a framework which helps them to appraise situations in a multidisciplinary perspective, reveals the importance of balancing group values and interests in the solution of environmental problems, and prepares them for efficient decision making. This guide on the design of simulation and gaming aims at providing basic practical knowledge for the purpose of stimulating specialists in charge of curricula and materials development, as well as teachers, to adapt existing games and simulations to their particular situations or to develop original materials of a similar kind. The guide comprises two parts. The first develops fundamentals of gaming and simulation design; the second provides examples of games, including a specific game devised for generating other games. (CW)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Educational Games, Environmental Education, Game Theory, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Role Playing, Science and Society, Simulation, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Environmental Education Section.