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Using Current Events to Develop Classroom Simulations
Unformatted Document Text:  active experimentation of role playing . This allows students to engage with the material in a multitude of ways and provides for greater learning and retention. These simulations engage students as active participants in their own education, instead of just passive recipient of information . Additionally, as described in the Iraq simulation, the students are forced to take on perspectives that are different than their own and different than those they researched. This stretches their cognitive abilities and leads to greater learning . Instructors that incorporate the teaching methods I propose in this paper will find that their students will retain more information, develop better critical thinking skills, and be more interested in the course material . I also believe that getting students interested in current events in the classroom can lead to a lifelong interest in politics—making students better citizens and growing our discipline. Political science is about more than just teaching theories; it is about teaching students how to be citizens and fostering an interest in current events is part of this. Utilizing approach 2 also helps students develop research skills and, depending on the format of the papers, skills in presenting complex policy issues in an abbreviated format, which will come in handy in any career in civil service. Bringing the time-tested techniques of current events and classroom simulations together will result in a more rewarding teaching experience for the instructor, and a more complete learning experience for the student. 12

Authors: Glazier, Rebecca.
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active experimentation of role playing . This allows students to engage with the material in a
multitude of ways and provides for greater learning and retention.
These simulations engage students as active participants in their own education, instead
of just passive recipient of information . Additionally, as described in the Iraq simulation, the
students are forced to take on perspectives that are different than their own and different than
those they researched. This stretches their cognitive abilities and leads to greater learning .
Instructors that incorporate the teaching methods I propose in this paper will find that their
students will retain more information, develop better critical thinking skills, and be more
interested in the course material .
I also believe that getting students interested in current events in the classroom can lead
to a lifelong interest in politics—making students better citizens and growing our discipline.
Political science is about more than just teaching theories; it is about teaching students how to be
citizens and fostering an interest in current events is part of this. Utilizing approach 2 also helps
students develop research skills and, depending on the format of the papers, skills in presenting
complex policy issues in an abbreviated format, which will come in handy in any career in civil
service.
Bringing the time-tested techniques of current events and classroom simulations together
will result in a more rewarding teaching experience for the instructor, and a more complete
learning experience for the student.
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