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Enrolling at the University After Role-Playing. Assessing How the “National Model United Nations” Experience Influences High-School Students’ Decisions

Foreign Policy
 
UN
 
Knowledge
 
Decision Making
 
Higher Education
 
Survey Experiments
 
Survey Research
 
Presenter
Fabrizio Coticchia
Università degli Studi di Genova
Authors
Fabrizio Coticchia
Università degli Studi di Genova
Enrico Calossi
Università di Pisa
Lorenzo Cicchi
European University Institute

Abstract
The literature on simulations and role-playing has focused on the ways through which new ways of teaching political science and international relations enrich and improve the students’ learning experience. Recent research has provided empirical evidence to properly assess the role played by unconventional learning activities such as games and simulations in affecting students’ knowledge and perceptions. In line with this existing research effort, the paper aims at evaluating how the participation to the “National Model United Nations” (NMUN) has influenced high-school students’ decisions to enroll at university. Our main argument is that attending at the NMUN represents a driving factor in affecting the students’ choices on enrollment. The study is based on extensive empirical material, collected through questionnaires submitted to hundreds of high-school students before and after the preparatory classes and the NMUN conference in New York.
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