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ERIC Number: EJ1075279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
An Old Tool Reexamined: Using the Star Power Simulation to Teach Social Inequality
Prince, Barbara F.; Kozimor-King, Michele Lee; Steele, Jennifer
Teaching Sociology, v43 n4 p301-309 Oct 2015
This study examined the effectiveness of the Star Power simulation for teaching stratification and inequality to students of the net generation. The data for this study were obtained through the use of survey methodology and content analysis of 126 course papers from introductory sociology classes. Papers were analyzed for identification and application of class concepts, recommendation of the simulation, and perceived value of the simulation as a learning tool. Analysis of data revealed 100 percent of students found Star Power worthwhile, and 98 percent recommended it be used in future classes. The most common concepts students linked with their simulation experience were inequality, stratification, and social structure. Finally, six themes were identified illustrating students' perceived value of the simulation.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania