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'All They Do Is Win': Lessons learned from use of a serious game for Circular Economy education

Katherine Whalen ; Cecilia Berlin (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem) ; Johanna Ekberg (Institutionen för material- och tillverkningsteknik, Yt- och mikrostrukturteknik) ; Ilaria Barletta (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem) ; Peter Hammersberg (Institutionen för material- och tillverkningsteknik, Avancerad oförstörande provning)
Resources, Conservation and Recycling (0921-3449). (2017)
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This paper aims to explore how Circular Economy (CE) can be taught in higher education through the use of a serious game, In the Loop. Despite the growing literature base related to CE, academic reflection on education for CE is currently limited. In the Loop was developed to provide an experiential learning situation for educating about material scarcity and CE. This study reflects on the use of the game with engineering students pursuing higher education. Seventy-one reflections, written after students played the game, were qualitatively coded through the use of a-priori coding. This paper presents the findings from analysis of five themes: Gameplay, Systems Thinking, Material Criticality, Realism/Real World Connection, and Suggestions for Change (to the game). Use of the game encouraged students to think holistically and reflect on material scarcity. Students highlighted the importance of adopting strategies, including CE, to address resource challenges, with many reflecting on how their own actions and abilities could play a role. Moreover, the study suggests In the Loop has broad relevance in education related to resource management practices and confirms previous research on the benefits of games as boundary objects to facilitate systems thinking.

Nyckelord: Circular economy, Serious games, Systems thinking, Material scarcity, Higher education

To be published in the Special issue on "Circular Economy", (TOPIC 1: Innovations in resource management practices to enable a Circular Economy) of Resources, Conservation and Recycling!

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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem (2005-2017)
Institutionen för material- och tillverkningsteknik, Yt- och mikrostrukturteknik (2005-2017)
Institutionen för material- och tillverkningsteknik, Avancerad oförstörande provning (2005-2017)


Hållbar utveckling
Innovation och entreprenörskap (nyttiggörande)
Industriell teknik och ekonomi
Annan materialteknik
Pedagogiskt arbete

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