The long game: five years of simulating the Middle East

Hardy, Mat and Totman, Sally 2017, The long game: five years of simulating the Middle East, Australasian journal of educational technology, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 38-52, doi: 10.14742/ajet.2696.

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Title The long game: five years of simulating the Middle East
Author(s) Hardy, MatORCID iD for Hardy, Mat
Totman, SallyORCID iD for Totman, Sally
Journal name Australasian journal of educational technology
Volume number 33
Issue number 4
Start page 38
End page 52
Total pages 15
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1449-5554
Keyword(s) Simulation
Role Play
Middle East
Summary Scholarly literature attesting to the benefits of role play in teaching international relations or political science subjects is abundant and universally positive. However, despite many case studies presenting snapshots of single examples, long term data concerning a role play exercise is difficult to find. This study presents student feedback data gathered from 10 iterations of the Middle East politics simulation carried out over 5 years from 2011-15. The data obtained from over 600 respondents establishes very clear trends in terms of satisfaction, engagement, and workload. The findings demonstrate that students can be significantly engaged in the subject matter through role plays and that they value these opportunities and the learning that ensues, even though it may represent more work than they are used to allotting to traditional assignments. The results show that year after year, successive student cohorts have made a clear judgement that extra work is worthwhile when it pays off against their perceived learning. The inference can also be drawn that they do not see this same pay off when completing essay type assignments.
Language eng
DOI 10.14742/ajet.2696
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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