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ERIC Number: EJ856526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
It's in the Bag! Using Simulation as a Participatory Learning Method to Understand Poverty
Davidson, Jean H.; Preez, Leanne Du; Gibb, Matthew W.; Nel, Etienne L.
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v33 n2 p149-168 May 2009
This paper presents the results of a simulation exercise designed to explore and understand the implications of trying to survive in a marginal and poverty-stricken African community. The aim of the simulation was to create an approximation of a community involved in an income-generating project, akin to a Public Works Programme. This project sought to enable every person to earn a dollar a day on which to live. In addition, the exercise helped the participants to question and assess whether the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have a chance of reaching their proposed targets. The nearly one hundred participants were undergraduate geography students, reading Development Studies and Demography at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. The outcome of the simulation was that the students developed a clearer understanding of poverty, particularly the "Deprivation Trap", and how complex the development process is in practice. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa