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ERIC Number: ED016736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 126
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Reference Count: 0
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SIMULATION GAMES AND CONTROL BELIEFS. FINAL REPORT.
BOOCOCK, SARANE S.; AND OTHERS
AN EXPERIMENT WAS CONDUCTED TO INVESTIGATE STUDENTS' SENSE OF CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN DESTINIES, THE EFFECTS OF SIMULATION GAMES ON THESE CONTROL BELIEFS, AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF THESE ISSUES TO THE RACIAL COMPOSITION OF A SCHOOL. IT WAS HYPOTHESIZED THAT INDIVIDUALS LACKING A SENSE OF CONTROL HAD HAD LIMITED EXPERIENCE WITH SITUATIONS WHICH COULD BE AFFECTED BY THEIR OWN ACTIONS, AND THAT SIMULATION GAMES WHICH PROVIDED THIS EXPERIENCE CAN GIVE STUDENTS THE SENSE OF SUCH CONTROL. THE EXPERIMENTAL SUBJECTS WERE MIDDLE-ABILITY STUDENTS IN THREE HIGH SCHOOLS, AN ALL-NEGRO, AN INTEGRATED, AND A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE ONE. IN EACH SCHOOL PAIRS OF CLASSES PARTICIPATED IN TWO SIMULATION GAMES INVOLVING MATERIALS ON (1) GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION AND (2) "LIFE CAREERS" DECISIONS. MATCHED CONTROL GROUP CLASSES COVERED THE SAME MATERIAL USING CONVENTIONAL READING MATERIAL AND CLASS DISCUSSIONS. QUESTIONNAIRES WERE ADMINISTERED TO STUDENTS BEFORE AND AFTER THE GAMES TO ASSESS THEIR CONTROL BELIEFS. DATA WERE ALSO GATHERED ON STUDENTS' BACKGROUND, RACE, AND SCHOOL RECORD. THE FINDINGS SUGGESTED THAT ALTHOUGH THE GAMES DO NOT PRODUCE FACTUAL LEARNING OR A SENSE OF CONTROL "OF A GLOBAL SORT," THEY DO SEEM TO AFFECT SUCH CONCEPTS AS PLANNING AHEAD, FUTURE, LEARNING, AND SELF. THE INTEGRATED NEGRO STUDENTS PERFORMED NO DIFFERENTLY FROM "THOSE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE GROUPS." THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY WERE FELT TO BE GENERALLY INCONSISTENT AND TO INDICATE THAT CONTENT LEARNING AND CONTROL BELIEFS ARE RELATED TO A COMPLEX SET OF VARIABLES. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.
Identifiers: Environmental Control