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The Game of Politics Simulation: An Exploratory Study
Unformatted Document Text:  This paper is an exploratory evaluation of Professor Don Jansiewicz’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 examinationss utilized the same two essays and 25 open-ended questions although the students were not aware that this would occur. Co-author Kathleen Perez evaluated the numerical scores assigned to question answers on the two tests 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. The implications of these findings are discussed. KEYWORDS: The Game, The Game of Politics, Legislative–Executive Process, THE GAME OF POLITICS SIMULATION: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY

Authors: Kahn, Melvin. and Perez, Kathleen.
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This paper is an exploratory evaluation of Professor Don Jansiewicz’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 examinationss utilized the same two essays and 25 open-ended questions although the
students were not aware that this would occur. Co-author Kathleen Perez evaluated the
numerical scores assigned to question answers on the two tests 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. The
implications of these findings are discussed.
KEYWORDS: The Game, The Game of Politics, Legislative–Executive Process,
THE GAME OF POLITICS SIMULATION: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY


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