Student engagement and learning outcomes in the model United Nations

David K. Jesuit, J. Cherie Strachan

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Abstract

This article explores the effect of student engagement on learning outcomes associated with students’ participation in Model United Nations. We developed an objective assessment of learning outcomes by fielding a survey to conference participants and measuring their general knowledge of the United Nations. We follow-up the survey by asking faculty advisors to report on student outcomes and on the level of activity of Model UN student groups. As predicted by previous research, expectations established by a supportive peer group provide a powerful incentive for student learning, even exceeding the influence of formal instruction in a dedicated credit-bearing course.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12
JournalJournal of University Teaching and Learning Practice
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Active learning simulations
  • Civic engagement
  • Model UN
  • Pedagogy
  • Student experience

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