Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Using Simulations to Promote Learning in Higher Education: An Introduction

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Using Simulations to Promote Learning in Higher Education: An Introduction

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Using Simulations to Promote Learning in Higher Education: An Introduction by John Paul Hertel and Barbara J. Millis; Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2002; 160 pages, paperback, $22.50

Whether you are a veteran user of education simulations, or a novice in search of information about the pedagogical merit and use of this technique, Hertel and Millis's book is a valuable resource. In the seven chapters and equal number of appendices, the authors present a comprehensive review of the why and what of education simulation, as well as several valuable tools for creating and using simulations. The authors, while not critical of externally developed simulations, clearly spell out the pedagogical rewards for using teacher-created simulations specific to a discipline.

The book has three distinct sections that allow the reader ample opportunity to explore 1) the why and what of education simulation, 2) the rubrics of developing, using, and evaluating simulations, and 8) tools to help developers and users in the task of creating simulations uniquely designed for their discipline. The appendices are of particular value in the simulation development phase, presenting examples of a scenario summary, general procedures for managing simulations, providing student feedback, and developing a simulation center. The chapter on developing and using an extended simulation is especially valuable for those instructors who develop and use semester-long simulations.

Debriefing an education simulation and the subsequent issue of grading the assessment are, perhaps, the most difficult parts of this technique. The chapters delineating these two topics are among the best written on these subjects. …

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