ERIC Number: ED437079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
An Investigation in Adult Educational Learning To Determine if Simulations Enhance Communications Skills.
The purpose of this research effort was to introduce the use of simulations in adult learning situations to enhance communication skills in a creative, effective, and enjoyable manner. Adult educators in academic settings or in business and industry training can use simulations not only to teach a concept but also to improve communication skills at the same time. This paper presents a communications experiment that is a teaching tool, and can be used to make learning communications skills more enjoyable for the participants and thus more effective. If simulations can be used to teach communications skills, they can provide an additional tool for teaching students skills that can enhance their employment possibilities by making them aware of their own speaking and listening skills. The author finds that simulation was an effective tool for participants of this study. It provided a means for students to get to know each other and work together in an interactive environment as well as to identify their personal communications skills and skills that need improvement. This study further indicated that the effectiveness of simulations could be enhanced by tailoring them for specific courses and groups of students. Appended in this report are debriefing topics for discussion, a participant survey, and instructor questions. (Contains 34 references.) (VWC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Context Effect, Educational Games, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Oral Communication Method, Simulated Environment, Simulation, Student Development, Teaching Methods, Universities, Verbal Ability, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Science Thesis, Marshall University.