Model United Nations and experiential learning: An assessment of changes in knowledge and attitudes

David K. Jesuit, Brian Endless

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Abstract

Despite the popularity of Model United Nations, no effort has been made to directly assess student learning since 1984. Accordingly, we developed and administered a pre-and post-conference survey to participants in the 2007 American Model United Nations (AMUN). We assessed whether participating in the simulation affected students’ general knowledge of the UN; their attitudes towards the UN and the most important member states; and their understanding of diplomatic strategies. We find that first-time participants increased their general knowledge, developed a more realist orientation towards international relations, and placed more emphasis on the importance of individual agency in world affairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-213
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Studies Education Research
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Deep learning
  • International relations
  • Model United Nations
  • Realism
  • Simulations
  • Student assessment

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