Simulations of Decision-Making as Active Learning Tools

Design and Effects of Political Science Simulations

  • Peter Bursens
  • Vincent Donche
  • David Gijbels
  • Pieter Spooren

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pieter Spooren, Dorothy Duchatelet, Peter Bursens, David Gijbels, Vincent Donche
    Pages 1-9
  3. Design and Assessment of Simulations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Peter Bursens, David Gijbels, Vincent Donche, Pieter Spooren
      Pages 13-19
    3. Andreas Sobisch, John Scherpereel, Peter Loedel, Gretchen J. Van Dyke, Nick Clark
      Pages 21-34
    4. Pierpaolo Settembri, Marco Brunazzo
      Pages 63-76
    5. Simon Raiser, Björn Warkalla, Annegret Schneider, Konstantin Kaiser
      Pages 77-92
    6. Pierpaolo Settembri, Roos Van Gasse, Liesje Coertjens, Sven De Maeyer
      Pages 93-108
    7. Simon Usherwood
      Pages 109-118
  4. Effects of Simulations

About this book


This volume brings together both political and educational scientists. While educational research literature has so far not systematically addressed the tool of simulations of decision-making, political scientists have hardly used insights from research on assessment or on motivation and interest of students. Almost all political science publications on simulations merely discuss how to implement the tool in class and fall short of providing evidence of the effects on student outcomes such as increased interest and performance. Combining the two disciplines is mutually enriching. Political science benefits from state of the art educational science measuring and testing of the claims made by the proponents of simulations, while educational sciences adds the systematic analysis of simulations of decision-making to their list of empirical objects, which also adds insights to the theories on the affective component of student learning. It is the explicit aim of the volume to address how simulating decision-making environments fosters learning. Implications for research and practice regarding student learning are addressed in all chapters.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Bursens
    • 1
  • Vincent Donche
    • 2
  • David Gijbels
    • 3
  • Pieter Spooren
    • 4
  1. 1.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  4. 4.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74146-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74147-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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