Session S44a (Tuesday, 9:30am, Wartik 111)

P409: Role playing simulation game for teaching food chemistry: Challenging the food pyramid 1991

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

Role playing games are an effective tool for student engagement and the Reacting to the Past (RTTP) pedagogy, in which  students debate important questions as part of elaborate role-playing games, has been successfully applied in a variety of institutional contexts and with students of every level of preparation for college, including ESL students. With the support of the National Science Foundation, we developed a week-long RTTP game based on the development of the USDA Food Pyramid in 1991 and the political controversy that surrounded its introduction. The game has been used in Food Chemistry courses and in courses dealing with effective presentation of graphical information. The background of the RTTP pedagogy, the details of the game, the integration into the course, and the assessment results for students who have played these games will be presented.

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