Noam Ebner (Creighton) and Dan Druckman (George Mason) have published Games, Claims, and New Frames: Rethinking the Use of Simulation in Negotiation Education in this month’s Negotiation Journal. The abstract:
Negotiation educators have long considered the use of role-play simulations an essential classroom teaching method, and have had high expectations regarding their suitability and efficacy for teaching. In this article, we review the literature, examining the degree to which simulations deliver on these perceived benefits – finding that simulations enjoys only limited advantages over other teaching methods. We note three trends that have developed as part of this re-evaluation process: improving the way simulations are conducted, deemphasizing the use of simulations as a teaching tool while seeking new methods, and finding paradigm-changing uses for simulations.