ERIC Number: ED381448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Effectiveness of the Use of Simulations in a Social Studies Classroom.
Lee, Jennifer M.
This study discusses the effectiveness of the use of simulations in a social studies classroom. The purposes were to: (1) define a simulation; (2) discuss its origin and underlying educational philosophy that advocates its uses in the classroom; and (3) analyze the current literature available and answer some of the controversial questions posed by education researchers about the educational value of simulations to teach content and factual information. The study describes a field study of two fifth grade classrooms with one as the control group and one the experimental group. The two groups were taught about working conditions, labor unions, and the process of collective bargaining. The study showed that the use of simulations did not inhibit the learning of factual information when compared to the control group taught in the traditional lecture and question-answer mode. The use of simulation brought more significant affective and social awareness to the plight of the laborers in the beginning of the 19th century. The appendix contains the lessons used to teach this unit. Contains 11 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
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