ERIC Number: ED089740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
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The Use of Computer Simulations in High School Curricula.
Visich, Marian, Jr.; Braun, Ludwig
The Huntington Computer Project has developed 17 simulation games which can be used for instructional purposes in high schools. These games were designed to run on digital computers and to deal with material from either biology, physics, or social studies. Distribution was achieved through the Digital Equipment Corporation, which disseminated teacher manuals, resource manuals, and student manuals to over 600 teachers and 25,000 students in 400 secondary schools during the 1972-73 school year; these target populations were expected to quadruple in the following year. Evaluation of the use of the computerized simulation games led to the conclusion that they made a significant contribution to learning. This was particularly true in situations in which students were denied direct experience with the phenomena being studied due to such problems as the students' inexperience with experimental techniques, the lack of laboratory equipment or time, difficulty or danger in obtaining adequate samples, and the impossibility of controlling extraneous variables in real life. Descriptions of six of the simulation games are appended to the report. (PB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook. Huntington Computer Project.