ERIC Number: ED038675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Use of Simulation Activities as a Teaching Strategy in a Course on Change in the Schools.
Champagne, David W.; Hines, John F.
This paper discusses the course "Change in Schools" taught at the University of Pittsburgh, spring, 1969. Both masters and doctoral candidates were enrolled. Objectives of the course were sent to the students before the spring session began. One objective required the students to do a detailed analysis of several common supervisory/curriculum problems representative of real problems they were facing in their job situations. Simulation techniques were used, and examination of their own performance in simulation allowed students to approach affective and process learning objectives. Students were required to "build in" the facets of a community and then to select a suitable table of organization (TO) for the school district of that community. The district was then populated with a board, superintendent, etc. through mock applications and personal history forms. The final evaluations of the course by students showed that the simulation experiences were important, meaningful, and useful for achieving the objectives of the course as perceived by the students. Some felt these experiences should have had more depth. More role playing, clearer directions and parameters for each experience were also suggested. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.