ERIC Number: EJ848131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
The Life of a Simulation: Programmatic Promises and Pitfalls
Damron, Rebecca L.
Simulation & Gaming, v39 n1 p126-136 2008
This article is a reflection on the promises and pitfalls of using a simulation-centered curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL) writing over time. A one-time graduate student and instructor of the program, the author returned after 10 years to the program as the director to discover that as with any curriculum, changes had occurred--changes in leadership, teaching staff, and course objectives--which had consequences for simulation use in the classroom. In an effort to determine the current state of the program and possible directions for the future, the author surveyed 12 current and former instructors and interviewed a former director of the program and found implications for instructor training, program direction, and sustaining simulation use over time.
Descriptors: Instructional Development, Course Objectives, Teaching Methods, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Simulation, Educational Change, English for Academic Purposes, Curriculum Development, Second Language Programs, Educational Strategies, Performance Factors, Reflection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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