Handbook of Simulation Gaming in Social Education / Constitution Today

Handbook of Simulation Gaming in Social Education / Constitution Today

by Ron Stadsklev


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492223986
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/23/2013
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

As an assistant professor at Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska, hired in 1963 to teach in the experimental high school, Ron Stadsklev found that students felt trapped in an endless maze of arbitrary requirements, or a home life or job without promise. Only two things suggested to him a way out: his license to experiment with teaching methods, and a paper he discovered by James S. Coleman: "Relationship between Games and Learning." When Stadsklev tried out his new Coleman-inspired Constitution Today game on the most boring part of his history class, the results spurred him to more experiments and an innovative thesis, A Comparative Study of Simulation Gaming and Lecture Discussion Methods, that in 1970 earned him an M.S. in Education from Northern State College in Aberdeen, North Dakota. More importantly, the research for that thesis was probably what landed Stadsklev one of only two prized year-long internships (1968-69) offered by the Social Science Education Consortium (SSEC) at the University of Colorado, where he "was responsible for becoming a leading authority on simulation gaming and how it relates to the new social studies curriculum being developed."

In 1973, he accepted an offer from the University of Alabama as the Director of Experiential Learning Projects at the Institute of Higher Education Research and Service. There Stadsklev continued his field consulting, presented papers at numerous symposia, served as editor (and sometimes contributing editor) of several periodicals, and joined the boards of the prestigious Society for the Advancement of Games and Simulations in Education and Training (SAGSET) and the North American Simulations and Gaming Association (NASAGA). Of Stadsklev's several publications, by far the most important is his two-volume Handbook of Simulation Gaming in Social Education (textbook, 1974; directory, 1975), containing articles by Stadsklev himself, James Coleman, Garry Shirts, and others. These books were used as texts in colleges and universities throughout the world and earned Alabama University, which published them, more money than was contributed by any other faculty member. Stadsklev himself gained in prestige, not just as a major prophet of the coming kingdom of simulation games, but as the inventor of an indispensable technique for debriefing the students who play them.

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