ERIC Number: ED469902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
At-Risk Students and Virtual Enterprise: Tourism and Hospitality Simulations in Applied and Academic Learning.
This paper discusses Virtual Enterprise (VE), a technology-driven business simulation program in which students conceive, create, and operate enterprises that utilize Web-based and other technologies to trade products and services around the world. The study examined the effects of VE on a learning community of at-risk students, defined as those who have been placed in immersion programs for English or mathematics. During the quantitative portion of the study, researchers examined 50 student activity log sheets. A random selection of at-risk students in various VE firms at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) (New York) was used for the sample. Results showed at-risk student participation was nearly double the required course participation. For the qualitative portion of the study, focus groups were conducted representing four different types of VE firms at KCC. Findings from this segment indicated that basic skills are needed in VE, but not all successful people are competent in English and math. The Center for Advanced Studies in Education (CASE), an independent research institute of the City University of New York is also discussed. Finally, results from a CASE study of the overall VE program at KCC are presented. (Contains 17 references.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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