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ERIC Number: EJ996785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1046-8781
Playing With Conflict: Teaching Conflict Resolution through Simulations and Games
Powers, Richard B.; Kirkpatrick, Kat
Simulation & Gaming, v44 n1 p51-72 Feb 2013
Playing With Conflict is a weekend course for graduate students in Portland State University's Conflict Resolution program and undergraduates in all majors. Students participate in simulations, games, and experiential exercises to learn and practice conflict resolution skills. Graduate students create a guided role-play of a conflict. In addition to an oral debriefing, students wrote a debriefing report following the Description, Interpretation, Evaluation (DIE) model of debriefing. The written debriefing report gave all students an opportunity to reflect, analyze, and evaluate their experience in depth. The use of two facilitators allows one to facilitate while the other observes and rests, makes 2 points of view available for the debriefing, and offers a model for resolving minor disagreements between them. Trust among students increased across the weekend as evidenced by an increase in cooperative choices and estimates of the likelihood that others would cooperate in the TAKE-A-CHANCE game, a version of PRISONER'S DILEMMA. Most reported having fun while they learned about themselves, interpersonal conflict, and some large-scale social conflicts. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon