Acting Out Science: Using Senate Hearings to Debate Global Climate Change
W.S. Harwood, J.G. McKinster, L. Cruz, D. Gabel 2002 Journal of College Science Teaching v31 no7 p442-447

This article describes the design and implementation of a role-playing exercise which is set in a Senate hearing about global warming. The students play senators and members of special interest groups with varying perspectives and agendas on the issue. The preparation for the role-play motivated the students to learn about the scientific background of the debate.

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Resource Type: Journal Article
Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Affective Domain:Teaching Controversial TopicsKeywords: role-playing, climate, energy use, human dimension