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The Game of Politics Simulation: An Exploratory Study

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This paper is an exploratory evaluation of Professor Don Jansiewics's GAME of POLITICS (The Game) simulation. Melvin Kahn has used The Game in his introductory American Politics class for the past three years and employs it as a learning tool for better understanding the legislative-executive process. Our exploratory evaluation used legislative-executive process questions as part of two separate examinations. The midterm examination was given after using the traditional lecture-discussion method and a widely-used American Politics textbook. The final examination was administered after a series of five simulation class sessions. Both examinations utilized the same two essays and 25 open-ended questions although students were not aware that this would occur. Co-author Kathleen Perez evaluated the numerical scores assigned to question answers on the two examinations respectively.

The findings consistently show that students, on average, scored much 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. TheThe implications of these findings are discussed.

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Kahn, Melvin. and Perez, Kathleen. "The Game of Politics Simulation: An Exploratory Study" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California, Feb 22, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245629_index.html>

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Kahn, M. A. and Perez, K. M. , 2008-02-22 "The Game of Politics Simulation: An Exploratory Study" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose Marriott, San Jose, California Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245629_index.html

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Abstract: This paper is an exploratory evaluation of Professor Don Jansiewics's GAME of POLITICS (The Game) simulation. Melvin Kahn has used The Game in his introductory American Politics class for the past three years and employs it as a learning tool for better understanding the legislative-executive process. Our exploratory evaluation used legislative-executive process questions as part of two separate examinations. The midterm examination was given after using the traditional lecture-discussion method and a widely-used American Politics textbook. The final examination was administered after a series of five simulation class sessions. Both examinations utilized the same two essays and 25 open-ended questions although students were not aware that this would occur. Co-author Kathleen Perez evaluated the numerical scores assigned to question answers on the two examinations respectively.

The findings consistently show that students, on average, scored much 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. TheThe implications of these findings are discussed.

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