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ERIC Number: EJ1091474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
The "Statecraft" Simulation and Foreign Policy Attitudes among Undergraduate Students
Saiya, Nilay
Journal of Political Science Education, v12 n1 p58-71 2016
Professors of international relations are increasingly realizing that simulations can be a fun and effective way of teaching the complexities of the field to their students. One popular simulation that has emerged in recent years--the "Statecraft" simulation--is now used by more than 190 colleges and universities worldwide. Despite "Statecraft's" popularity, however, little scholarship has attempted to assess its impact on learning objectives and students' perceptions of the real world. This article attempts to help fill that void by evaluating "Statecraft's" influence on foreign policy attitudes among undergraduate students. It finds that, while participation in "Statecraft" did not generally change students' foreign policy preferences, it did have the effect of inducing foreign policy moderation among students who were initially very hawkish or dovish in their foreign policy orientations. The most important individual characteristics predicting foreign policy attitudes include a student's political orientation and interest in the "Statecraft" simulation itself. The article concludes with some potential avenues for future research.
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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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