ERIC Number: ED438437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Real Game: Evaluation of the UK National Pilot. NICEC Briefing.
Barnes, Anthony; Edwards, Andrew; Killeen, John; Watts, Tony
The Real Game is a Canadian career education simulation for 12- and 13-year-olds that is currently being adapted for the United Kingdom. The game emphasizes the following five main messages: remember that change is constant; understand that learning is ongoing; focus on the journey; follow your heart; and access your allies. The game's effectiveness in the United Kingdom was examined in a national pilot study that used the following four data collection activities: interviews with senior managers in 12 schools; questionnaires sent to teachers from all 37 pilot schools; pupil interviews; and data sets for 1,005 pupils at 16 schools (546 who participated in the game and 559 who formed a comparison sample). Although most schools used the game for an average of only 12 hours, most teachers considered the game valuable for students in its target age group, and reported that it had a relatively high rate of impact on pupils' learning. Pupils held broadly positive views of what the game taught them. Those who participated in the game showed significant gains on knowledge items and small gains on career beliefs; however, measures of "employability beliefs," self-efficacy for job exploration, occupationally relevant self-awareness, and career planning failed to show gains relative to the comparison sample. (MN)
Descriptors: Career Education, Career Exploration, Educational Games, Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Pilot Projects, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Simulation, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Work Environment
National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, Sheraton House, Castle Park, Cambridge CB3 0AX, United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.crac.org.uk/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).; Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom