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Examining the effectiveness of using role-play simulations with Chinese students in China

Toomey, M., Zhou, X. and Yan, X. (2020) Examining the effectiveness of using role-play simulations with Chinese students in China. International Studies Perspectives, 21 (4). pp. 363-378. ISSN 1528-3585

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A significant body of literature testifies to the effectiveness of role-play gaming and simulations as pedagogical methods in political science. Many of these studies involve students with a Western background. In contrast, little research exists on the teaching of political science in China and none on the effectiveness of simulations for teaching Chinese students. This study seeks to investigate the efficacy of role-play simulations as a method for teaching comparative politics to Chinese students. The study examined the levels of long-term knowledge retention, enthusiasm towards political science, and self-reported learning outcomes in two groups of students. A test group, students who had completed at least one political science course, participated in a politics-based role-playing simulation; the control group, students who had completed the same political science course, did not participate in a comparable game. The test group displayed significantly better self-reported learning outcomes and significantly better knowledge retention than the control group (albeit at the 90 percent level).

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:85783
Uncontrolled Keywords:Political Science and International Relations, Geography, Planning and Development
Publisher:Oxford University Press


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