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The Game of Politics Simulation: An Exploratory Study
Unformatted Document Text:  more reliable base for evaluation. The instructor should revise the questions to more adequately reflect what occurs in the informal processes that The Game emphasizes. Since this Macro version of The Game is highly relevant to courses on the presidency and Congress, a more valid assessment of The Game’s value would likely occur than using it primarily in Freshmen-dominated American Politics courses. Moreover, since students taking these courses would have additional background and, on average, show more maturity in their academic pursuits, they would add a more representative sample to the study. Finally, one should hesitate to view the two teaching approaches as mutually exclusive and not merely utilize solely the one yielding higher scores to the exclusion of the other approach. Rather than thinking in terms of either/or, students could profit by starting with the traditional textbook, lecture and discussion approach. Following this, The Game’s hands-on role – playing method would create a more stimulating approach. It stresses the significance of the essential political processes–and most importantly–would fortify the learning process by simultaneously emphasizing the crucial informal aspects of the political arena where the legislative–executive process actually occurs.

Authors: Kahn, Melvin. and Perez, Kathleen.
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more reliable base for evaluation. The instructor should revise the questions to more adequately reflect
what occurs in the informal processes that The Game emphasizes. Since this Macro version of The Game
is highly relevant to courses on the presidency and Congress, a more valid assessment of The Game’s
value would likely occur than using it primarily in Freshmen-dominated American Politics courses.
Moreover, since students taking these courses would have additional background and, on average, show
more maturity in their academic pursuits, they would add a more representative sample to the study.
Finally, one should hesitate to view the two teaching approaches as mutually exclusive and not
merely utilize solely the one yielding higher scores to the exclusion of the other approach. Rather than
thinking in terms of either/or, students could profit by starting with the traditional textbook, lecture and
discussion approach. Following this, The Game’s hands-on role – playing method would create a more
stimulating approach. It stresses the significance of the essential political processes–and most
importantly–would fortify the learning process by simultaneously emphasizing the crucial informal
aspects of the political arena where the legislative–executive process actually occurs.


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