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ERIC Number: EJ861440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
The Game of Politics Simulation: An Exploratory Study
Kahn, Melvin A.; Perez, Kathleen M.
Journal of Political Science Education, v5 n4 p332-349 2009
This paper is an exploratory study of Professor Don Jansiewicz's GAME of POLITICS (The Game) simulation. The course instructor employs The Game in his introductory American Politics class as a learning tool for better understanding the legislative-executive process. Our exploratory study used legislative-executive process questions as part of two separate multiquestion examinations. The 75-minute midterm examination was given after using the traditional lecture-discussion method and a widely used American Politics textbook. The 110-minute comprehensive final examination was administered after students had participated in The Game over five consecutive 75-minute class sessions toward the end of the semester. In preparation for each examination, students were given detailed study guides that included 20 possible essay questions and 40 possible short-answer, open-ended questions. Although the students were not aware that this would occur, both examinations included the same two essays and 25 open-ended questions along with other questions. The findings consistently show that students, on average, scored higher on the two essay questions and the 25 additional items on the final examination when compared to the midterm results. Means increased in value while standard deviations decreased in size. The possible implications of these findings are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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