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Wargaming in higher education: Contributions and challenges

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalArts and Humanities in Higher Education
Volume14
Issue number4
Early online date30 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

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Abstract

Wargames, especially on historical conflicts, do not currently play much part in the booming academic use of simulation and gaming techniques. This is despite the fact that they offer rich vehicles for active learning and interactive exploration of conflict dynamics. Constraints of time, expertise and resources do make it challenging to employ wargames in academia, but a greater problem is the stigma which wargaming attracts due to its association with childish enthusiasts and its perceived deficiencies as a modelling technique. This article builds on my many years of teaching and research experience with wargames to show how playing and designing them can benefit students and scholars alike.

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