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ERIC Number: ED126057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 40
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Simulation: What Is It?
Laktasic, Stanley G.
Simulation is the duplication of the essential characteristics of a task or situation. It represents three elements of the teaching-learning process: (1) stimulus situation; (2) response; and (3) feedback. The uses of simulation may fall into one of three general categories: research--the generation of information about an operational or proposed system, process, or environment; development--the generation of new systems, processes, or components; and instruction--the development of knowledge or skills. Simulation is used as an instructional technique in education and in nonacademic atmospheres--the military, business, and industry. The military have used simulation effectively to train individuals as well as teams. Simulation training devices can range from simple trainer type devices to sophisticated facilities and aircraft used for crew training under simulated environmental and operational conditions. Simulations have been used in business and industry training programs as a means for stimulating discussions of management principles and concepts, providing practice and experience in extracting information crucial to decision-making and competitive interaction and also to aid in the integration of theory and practice. Simulation has important implications for formal education as well. It allows teaching problems to be realistically represented, permits teaching behavior to be modified, and relates theory to practice. Simulated problem-solving is an effective mode of learning because it is realistic and allows the student to test and apply his own knowledge of skills and ideas by actively engaging in a situation that is realistic but controlled. (DMT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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