ERIC Number: EJ788138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Presidential Election Simulation: Creating a School-Wide Interdisciplinary Program
Joyce, Helen M.
Social Education, v72 n2 p95-98 Mar 2008
Given the low turnout among younger voters, it is important to seek innovative ways of engaging students in the electoral process, and a presidential year like this one offers exciting opportunities for doing so. In this article, the author describes her experiences with a schoolwide project designed by herself and colleagues that simulates the election campaigns by having students run as the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of each party. The project engages several school departments as well as social studies: English (which provides a press corps and media coverage), math (which conducts surveys and tallies results), science (which identifies candidates' policies on the environment), and foreign languages (for a review of candidates' policies toward countries associated with a designated language).
Descriptors: Elections, Political Campaigns, Simulation, Social Studies, Political Affiliation, Mass Media Role, Interdisciplinary Approach, High Schools, Voting
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire