Session S1b (Monday, 9:30am, Wartik 111)

P110: Four role-playing simulation games for use with Chemistry in Context

David Henderson (Trinity College, USA), Susan Henderson (Quinnipiac University, USA)

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is a deeply engaging pedagogy in which students debate important questions as part of elaborate role-playing games. RTTP has been applied successfully in a variety of institutional contexts and with students of every level of preparation for college, including ESL students. With the support of National Science Foundation, we developed four week-long RTTP games specifically targeted for the popular Chemistry in Context textbook but suitable for inclusion in lectures or labs of any non-majors chemistry course. These games provide greater depth on the philosophical, political, and economic issues related to acid rain, climate change, nutrition, and genetically modified foods in order to deepen student engagement with these topics. The background of the RTTP pedagogy, the details of the four games, the integration into the course, and the assessment results for students who have played these games will be presented.


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