ERIC Number: ED036685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Gaming as an Instrument of Farm Management Education-A Development and Evaluation.
Schneeberger, Kenneth Clifford
A study of the Oklahoma Farm Management Decision Exercise was made to explore and appraise ways of teaching farm management. A general computer model was developed which allowed the administrator flexibility in teaching, accommodated any size of farm and any set of feasible crop and livestock activities, and identified superior strategies for the "game farm" using computer simulation. The exercise was a model of 2,000 acre Oklahoma Panhandle farm that was used to illustrate the characteristics and the problems of the farm decisioning environment. Two versions could be used in gaming--the hand computed version and the computer version. The computerized version eliminated time consuming computations and required less administrative manpower and less participant time. It also showed the responsiveness of the model to different organizational plans and allowed comparison of the profitability and risk of different strategies. The Decision Exercise was found capable of giving the participants experience in planning and controlling business, and was effective in teaching concepts, complementing lecture and reinforcing previous learning. (author/pt)
Descriptors: Administrators, Agricultural Production, Business Administration, Computers, Decision Making, Doctoral Dissertations, Farm Management, Field Crops, Game Theory, Investigations, Learning Processes, Livestock, Planning, Risk, Simulation, Teaching Methods, Time
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Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis