Development of an issue-situation-based board game: A systemic learning environment for water resource adaptation education

Ping Han Cheng, Ting Kuang Yeh, Jen Che Tsai, Ching Rong Lin, Chun Yen Chang

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Climate change has severely affected water resources (WRs) today, highlighting the importance of promoting education on WR adaptation (WRA). The goal of WRA education is to cultivate learners' cross-oriented system knowledge (COSK), responsibility for WR environment (RWRE), value of public benefits (VPB), and empathy and negotiating thinking (EaNT). This study developed an issue-situation-based board game, namely Water Ark, to enhance participants' WR knowledge. In this study, participants were divided into four groups with each playing the role of a WR-related organization: the government, agricultural sector, industrial sector and public guild. Scales and interviews were used to assess participants' performance. The findings revealed that during the game, participants gradually changed from profit-oriented self-interest strategies to altruistic strategies based on social public benefit. Furthermore, after playing Water Ark, participants' COSK, RWRE, VPB, and EaNT were found to have improved substantially. Thus, Water Ark is believed to be a useful tool for assisting WRA education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1341
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 1



  • Issue-situation-based learning
  • Socio-scientific board game
  • Systemic learning environment
  • Water resources adaptation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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