The efficiency of simulation games in science education: An empirical study

  • Harsch G
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The use of simulation games in science education has been widely recommended for
several years now, but this has not been supported by empirical proofs of their
efficiency. Therefore, a study was undertaken to test the efficiency of lottery games
for simulating chemical kinetics empirically in practical lessons. About 800 pupils and
37 teachers, chiefly from the upper secondary level of grammar schools, participated
in the study. It could be shown that the games are most efficient for pupils taking
advanced courses, that their efficiency was stable for a considerable time and that
active playing with games yielded better results than the demonstration alone. The
games were valued by the teachers as well as by the pupils as effective, interesting
and comprehensible.

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  • Günther Harsch

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