ERIC Number: ED436147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Narrative Simulation as Instructional Design for Potential To Impact Bias and Discrimination.
McCrary, Nancye; Mazur, Joan M.
This paper reports on the development, design, and initial field testing of a narrative simulation, "'This Just Is!' Jeff's Story," that focused on homophobia and adolescent suicide. The initial field test was conducted with two user groups--a graduate class of professionals in the field of higher education student development, and a small group of ministers certified as pastoral counselors. The evaluation utilizes data obtained through expert feedback, exercise field tests, individual and focus group interviews, and observation, as a basis for informing continued development of this design. Formative evaluation results are summarized in the following areas: usability; veracity; the extent to which the user felt the experience was informative; cognitive, or the extent to which the exercise provoked thinking; affective, or impact on attitude; and the value of group discussion in the exercise process. Desired learning outcomes that focus on attitudes, beliefs, and biases may lend themselves to further evaluation of narrative simulation in creating contexts in which to examine deeply held beliefs. (Contains 40 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attitude Change, Clergy, Counselors, Evaluation Criteria, Field Tests, Formative Evaluation, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Material Evaluation, Material Development, Narration, Postsecondary Education, Qualitative Research, Simulation, Social Discrimination, Suicide, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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