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ERIC Number: ED310053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-7
Pages: 12
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Pilot Study: Impact of Computer Simulation on Students' Economic Policy Performance. Pilot Study.
Domazlicky, Bruce; France, Judith
Fiscal and monetary policies taught in macroeconomic principles courses are concepts that might require both lecture and simulation methods. The simulation models, which apply the principles gleened from comparative statistics to a dynamic world, may give students an appreciation for the problems facing policy makers. This paper is a report of a pilot study of a policy making simulation, "Macroism," provided by a publisher as part of a package for a macroeconomics textbook conducted at Southeast Missouri State University. A review of studies concerning learning and economic simulations reveals that computer assisted instruction has an effect on learning, but does not establish a clear relationship to the text/lecture approach of instruction. "Macroism" is based on an econometric model of the United States economy, and is available for both Apple and IBM computers in an interactive or classroom version (used for this study). While the students clearly enjoyed the simulation, there is limited evidence that student learning improved as a result of participation in the simulation. Students' cognitive abilities in the area of policy making are likely to be enhanced as a result of playing "Macroism," but more study is needed in this area. Nine references and a "Macroism" sample problem are included. (PPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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