ERIC Number: ED417626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The International Negotiation Seminars Project. Project ICONS.
Wilkenfeld, Jonathan; Kaufman, Joyce; Starkey, Brigid
This report of a study at the University of Maryland describes an international, interactive, and interdisciplinary project for first- and second-year students, which combines a large lecture format with small-group, seminar-type sessions organized around a computer-assisted simulation model, the International Communication and Negotiation Simulation (ICONS). Students learned about negotiation strategies through case studies and materials on cross-cultural communication. Strategies were tested in a customized "New Europe Simulation," which features participation from a variety of central and eastern European universities. In addition to focusing on international issues such as trade and the environment, the project involved group decision making as students acted as negotiators for nations other than their own. Students also learned to use technology, including Internet resources and real-time computer conferencing. The simulation experience and the active-learning model were disseminated to other U.S. campuses. Evaluation results indicate high student involvement and identification with simulation roles and international perspectives, and excellent learning from the small group and networking aspects of the project. A course syllabus and other course materials are appended, along with articles about the project, and a list of participating institutions. (SW)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Conflict Resolution, Cross Cultural Training, Decision Making, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, International Relations, Internet, Models, Political Science, Public Policy, Role Playing, Student Participation, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Dept. of Government and Politics.
Identifiers - Location: Europe