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ERIC Number: EJ1034479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Can't Get No (Dis)satisfaction: The "Statecraft" Simulation's Effect on Student Decision Making
Raymond, Chad
Journal of Political Science Education, v10 n3 p302-314 2014
Simulations are often employed as content-teaching tools in political science, but their effect on students' reasoning skills is rarely assessed. This article explores what effect the "Statecraft" simulation might have on undergraduate students' perceptions of their decision making. Decisions are often evaluated on the basis of whether their outcomes are good or bad, not whether a sound reasoning process was used to reach them. A survey was administered at multiple points in an international relations course to gauge students' satisfaction with the decision-making processes and outcomes in their respective teams during the "Statecraft" simulation. Students also engaged in exercises in which their teams' tentative plans were evaluated as if the plans had generated unfavorable outcomes after implementation. An analysis of students' reactions to the "Statecraft" simulation, their performance in the simulation, and other data showed no obvious association between "Statecraft" and changes in student perceptions of their decision making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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