Teaching Service Learning Using A Business Game Role-Play Simulation

A. Andrea Licari, Albert C. Ovedovitz

Abstract


In order to give both service learning and management concepts a foundation so that young inexperience college students can better understand how organizations function, we have used the teaching method of a business game project within a service learning setting. The role-play game provided a frame of reference on which the student could better comprehend the abstract management concepts needed, in order to work in organization today. The service learning arena helps bridge the gap between theory and application. The following study compares two educational treatments in order to teach management concepts; one using traditional lecture format and the other role-play simulation in a service learning setting. Key words: service learning, theory and application, role-play simulations, experiential learning.

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