ERIC Number: ED122831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Research on Simulation Games in Education; A Critical Analysis.
Reiser, Robert A.; Gerlach, Vernon S.
This paper summarizes and evaluates published research examining the use of simulation games in educational settings. Findings regarding the effects of simulation games on interest, attitudes, feeling of efficacy, knowledge, and intellectual skills are reviewed. Research shows that interest is usually aroused by the games themselves, but not necessarily by the subject matter the games represent. Findings concerning attitudes and feelings of efficacy have no apparent pattern, and student knowledge is not significantly affected by participation in a simulation game. The skill most likely to be affected by game participation is the ability to play the game. Research methods used to evaluate simulation games are reviewed and found to be less effective than they might be. Suggestions are offered for improving both simulation games and the research methods designed to evaluate them. (CH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)