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CAI Format: Simulation
Instructional Objectives: demonstrate an understanding of different educational philosophies and their influence on educational practice.
Intended Audience: Undergraduate and graduate level education students.
Brief Description: This simulation allows the user to experiment with the philosophical perspectives of objectivism and constructivism and observe the influence on several educational micro-dimensions (eg. motivation, experience, learning outcomes, control) as well as consider what the impact a philosophical shift would have on several macro-dimensions (e.g. high school graduation rate, crime rate, etc.). The simulation also tries to clarify the relationship between philosophical orientation and instructional strategies.
Click here for a web-based lesson on understanding constructivism that incorporates the SimSchool simulation.
Parents, public school students, and educators working for non-profit schools or organizations are welcome to link to this interactive educational web resource at no cost on the condition that each registers such use with Lloyd Rieber at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who register will be notified in the event that this web address changes. Commercial vendors, corporate trainers, and others who are part of for-profit organizations should contact Lloyd Rieber for licensing arrangements.