Computer-based simulations: Cognitive tools for secondary school students

Year: 1994

Author: Morton, Allan

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Under the research microscope, the effects of computer-based simulation appear to be superior to conventional teaching in the affective domain. On the cognitive side, the impact appears to be less apparent and favourable results have often been qualified.

A pilot study of the effect of a computer-based simulation on cognitive performance, while inconclusive, suggested that issues associated with thinking processes, retention of understanding and transferability of understanding require additional study to establish a better understanding of the relationship between simulation and curriculum outcomes. A literature search has been conducted and research methodology is being refined to conduct a broader study.