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ERIC Number: EJ1062494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1436-4522
Validating the Learning Cycle Models of Business Simulation Games via Student Perceived Gains in Skills and Knowledge
Tao, Yu-Hui; Yeh, C. Rosa; Hung, Kung Chin
Educational Technology & Society, v18 n1 p77-90 2015
Several theoretical models have been constructed to determine the effects of buisness simulation games (BSGs) on learning performance. Although these models agree on the concept of learning-cycle effect, no empirical evidence supports the claim that the use of learning cycle activities with BSGs produces an effect on incremental gains in knowledge and skills. Therefore, this study aims to provide quantitative evidence by conducting an experiment using BSGs with different complexity levels in an undergraduate general course. Three research propositions guide a corresponding experimental design to collect data on student perception. Statistical analyses of the perception data from 43 student respondents reveal that skills, declared knowledge, prodedural knowledge, and strategic knowledge greatly increase in the initial cycles but vary in the rate of increase at later cycles. This research, which adds to the literature of game learning models, concludes that learnings cycles with different activities are required to stustain the development of knowledge and skills acquired through BSGs. The empirical outcome also serves as a useful reference for teachers who are planning to adopt BSGs in their class activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan