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Evaluating the educational value of simulation games: Learners’ perspective

Mohsen, Kholoud and Abdollahi, Shahpar and Omar, Suha (2018) 'Evaluating the educational value of simulation games: Learners’ perspective.' Innovations in Education and Teaching International. ISSN 1355-8005

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Abstract

Simulation games (SG) offer great opportunities for students to learn and experience real-world business decisions in a risk-free learning environment. However, the impact of using SG on educational outcomes is not fully understood. Drawing on experiential learning theory, we develop a conceptual model to examine students’ perceptions of the educational values generated from a SG adopted in a postgraduate program at a UK business school. The study gathered data from 120 students by using survey data and qualitative data from students’ reflective reports. Results show that SG have positive impact on students’ conceptual understanding, skills development and affective evaluation of their learning experience. The paper discusses the findings and its implications for educational practitioners and offers directions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: experiential learning, management education, strategic management, simulation games, students’ experience, GLO-BUS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 09:01
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 09:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23022

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