ERIC Number: ED183188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Computer Simulation and Its Instructional Uses. The Illinois Series on Educational Application of Computers, No. 8e.
Dennis, J. Richard
This paper discusses computer simulation as a tool for teaching about phenomena characterized by a problem to be solved, a task or goal to be reached, a procedure to be learned, or an environment to be understood. Simulation is defined and characterized by an examination of both the attributes that are common to simulations, and a taxonomy (classification) of simulations based upon attributes not common to all instances of simulation. The many aspects of using simulations in the classroom are also discussed. This document was prepared as resource for the preservice and inservice training of teachers, and it points out that although simulations can be a valuable teaching tool, in order to use them effectively teachers need to be aware of their nature, what they can potentially provide in the way of learning experiences, and the provisions that must be made to optimize their use. A list of sources of existing simulations and a 27-item bibliography are attached. (Author/CMV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Secondary Education.
Note: For related documents, see IR 008 123-139.