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ERIC Number: ED029382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 20
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The Use of Computer Simulation Techniques in Educational Planning.
Wilson, Charles Z.
Computer simulations provide powerful models for establishing goals, guidelines, and constraints in educational planning. They are dynamic models that allow planners to examine logical descriptions of organizational behavior over time as well as permitting consideration of the large and complex systems required to provide realistic descriptions of behavior processes. Four types of simulations are particularly applicable to educational planning. Descriptive simulations provide models of human systems that explain their behavior and can be used to test theories by comparing real past behavior with simulated behavior. Intellective simulations capture organizational qualities deemed important by the analyst and are suited to discovering the effects of proposed changes. Normative simulations are designed for analyzing such organizational problems as communications difficulties, social interaction patterns, hierarchical structures, and the implications of various strains and stresses. Finally, man-machine simulations involve interaction between a human actor and a simulated environment. Their success as management games suggests their relevance to the training of educational administrators. (TT)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 5-8, 1969)