Learning About Poverty Through Simulation: A Pilot Evaluation

Academic Article


  • Previous research suggests many health care professionals and students, including those in social work, have limited understanding of the causes and implications of poverty. Effective and relevant education is needed to train health care professionals to relate to those living in poverty. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of team-based simulations on student perceptions and critical thinking about poverty. Data were collected from three poverty simulations, which took place at a university in the spring of 2015. Evaluations were completed by 230 students, and results showed promising improvements in students’ ability to think critically about poverty and increases in their ability to understand others’ perspectives regarding living in poverty.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 324575
  • Author List

  • Hitchcock LI; Peterson DT; Debiasi L; Shipman S; Varley A; White ML
  • Start Page

  • 517
  • End Page

  • 531
  • Volume

  • 54
  • Issue

  • 3