ERIC Number: ED068889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of a Simulation Game on Learning of Geographic Information at the Fifth Grade Level. Final Report.
Keach, Everett T., Jr.; Pierfy, David A.
The research in this report was conducted to assess the cognitive impact of a simulation game designed to teach selected geographic data about wind and ocean currents to fifth graders. A two-group, post-test research design was used. A random procedure was used to assign 185 students to two treatment groups. The sample was divided by sex, ranked and paired by reading scores and randomly assigned to treatment. One group was given the simulation game while the other was given a programmed text having similar cognitive objectives. Treatments were administered followed by a posttest and a delayed posttest. On the immediate, posttest no significant differences occurred on the mean scores between the two treatment groups and between the sexes. On the delayed posttest, the game scored significantly higher than the programmed instruction group. The data produced evidence that the game group, while not learning more geographic information than the programmed group, retained more over a period of time. (Author/WS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Social Science Education.