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Simulation

Simulations are not a new idea (see A Brief History of Simulations on the next page). The simulation (experiential learning method) creates an environment that requires participants to be involved in some type of personally meaningful activity, leading to a real sense of personal accomplishment or failure for the results obtained.

An understanding of how people learn is essential to the development of proper simulations. Employers tend to ask employees and potential employees for information that falls only within certain parameters—the “knowledge” category. They do this 80 to 90 percent of the time. While these kinds of questions are not bad, per se, using the same method for garnering our answers can be. Utilizing a higher order of questions requires more “brain power” and, therefore, a more elaborate and comprehensive mode of operational thought.


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