ERIC Number: ED221379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
INTERP: A Computer Simulation Game of the Interpretive Planning Process.
Macko, John L.
A computer program was developed with the potential to: demonstrate the power and uses of computers to students of environmental interpretation; show the use of computers for modeling in the realm of environmental interpretation; and show the use of computers as learning tools for students of environmental interpretation. A computer simulation game was developed to address these three areas simultaneously. By making the game easy and fun, it was hoped that students would learn that computers can be simple and enjoyable to operate. By creating a simulation game, it was hoped that future interpreters could see how computers can be used for modeling. And by patterning the game after the interpretive planning process, it was hoped that a teaching instrument would develop which would sharpen skills of direct use in the field. The object of the game is to draw up the best possible interpretive plan working within constraints imposed by a budget, deadline, and three components of interpretation (site, organization, and visitor). This document describes the game, discusses how it was designed and developed, makes inferences from the research, and makes recommendations for future projects. Supporting documentation, including availability of the game and documentation package, is included in appendices. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Simulation; Environmental Education Research
Note: M.S. Thesis, Ohio State University