ERIC Number: ED076777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
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Computer-Based Occupation Simulation for Ninth Grade Students.
Randolph, James R.
The purpose of this study was to compare the cognitive achievement, attitudes, occupational awareness, and occupational interests of students in three socioeconomic levels who were exposed to two different computer-based approaches to information about the occupation of computer programer. The two methods were: (1) non-simulation, in which the student received the occupational information in written essay form, and (2) a simulation presentation of three life stages of a computer programer. The experiment included assigning the students to a socioeconomic level and collecting their test scores in cognitive achievement, attitudes, occupational awareness, and occupational interests. Analysis of the data indicated that the group experiencing the simulation treatment was significantly higher on cognitive achievement and occupational awarness than the non-simulation group, leading to the conclusion that an approach which involves students in various aspects of an occupation is more effective than a non-simulation approach which does not attempt to involve them. Another conclusion was that, regardless of the method of presentation, students from middle and upper socioeconomic levels may be expected to understand more of the cognitive elements of an occupation than lower socioeconomic students. (MF)
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Cognitive Ability, Computer Programs, Doctoral Dissertations, Grade 9, Occupational Information, Participation, Programers, Simulation, Socioeconomic Status, Student Attitudes, Vocational Interests
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Missouri University, Columbia