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What Researchers are Finding
Exposure to civics‐related coursework is not enough to make more than a marginal difference for the vast majority of students. Far more important to predicting knowledge and discussion is whether students acquire a liking for the subject matter.
Civic gaming experiences are strongly related to civic engagement. Educators have a real opportunity to reach students through games. Building on the one‐third of teens who reported playing games as part of a class assignment, teachers might incorporate games with explicit civic content into their curriculum … Take full advantage of these possibilities!
In simulations, students must apply what they have learned in a low-risk but real-life situation, which allows teachers to assess whether students have internalized information so that they can actually use it in their role as citizens.
Students are engaged by simulations—and they learn more because they are so involved.
Simulations require students to use higher order thinking skills.
The culminating activity of a simulation often involves an audience, which motivates students to work hard and excel.