ERIC Number: EJ1113178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
An Alternative Perspective on Simulations
Cone, Theresa Purcell; Cone, Stephen L.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v29 n5 p56-56 2016
In this letter to the editor of "Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators", the authors write that they recently read the "Strategies" article by Antony Parish, "Using Immersion as a Teaching Method to Develop an Understanding, Appreciation and Empathy for Special Needs Populations," in the May/June 2016 issue. Theresa Cone and Stephen Cone comment that Parish offers one perspective on how simulations were used to evoke understanding of and empathy for individuals with disabilities, but offer an alternative point of view. They argue that although some professionals continue to use simulations for this purpose, there is another perspective that should be considered to gain insight into what life is like for an individual with a disability. They present the perspective that simulations offer a limited experience, where people "try on" a disability that focuses on what individuals with disabilities cannot do rather than how successful they are when assistive devices and environmental accommodations provide access to learning, buildings, transportation and communication. The article encourages people to acknowledge what people can do and be advocates for equality, respect and inclusion for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life. They call upon educators in particular to make informed decisions, read multiple perspectives, and question the effectiveness of simulation experiences. The authors ask that in courses where students learn about disability characteristics, laws, adaptations, accommodations and teaching strategies, that understanding be gained from research, reading current literature in the field, and, most importantly, meaningful and personal interactions with individuals with disabilities.
Descriptors: Simulation, Teaching Methods, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Emotional Intelligence, Educational Strategies, Consciousness Raising, Disabilities
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