Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Using Simulation Games as an Experiential Learning Technique: Transforming Political Culture of African American Males

Dr. Hasan Crockett.

In the post Civil Rights and Black Nationalist movement era, the African American male’s attitudes, beliefs, and values about politics and the political system are too often the result of passive interactions with the dominant American culture. Therefore, one task for institutions educating African American males is to encourage the creation of a new, liberating political attitude. However, traditional education methods resemble the dominant/subgroup relations—the teacher is the sender of information while students are the passive receivers. Students are to absorb and regurgitate “knowledge.” These methods are detached from life and often have little relevance to the real world promoting privatized learning and discouraging a collective approach to learning.

On the other hand, experiential learning promotes the growth and development of the whole student. This paper discusses how simulation games are active methods making the real world experience the starting point of learning. Teachers are facilitators in concert with their students, connected to the real political world; they are concerned with the development of the whole student de-valuing the absorption model and encouraging the creation of original knowledge. This kind of learning values opinions, values, and perspectives more than facts.


Dr. Hasan Crockett  (United States)
Assistant Professor, Director Brisbane Institute
Political Science
Morehouse College

  • Simulation Games
  • Experiential Learning
  • African American Political Culture
  • Low-fidelity Simulation

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)