What is the concept of simulation learning?
Simulation education may hold the answer. What is a simulation? A common definition of a simulation is a reproduction of an item or event. Simulations can be produced in all fields through computer games, role-plays, or building models, to name only a few. But a true simulation has a specific goal in mind—“to mimic, or simulate, a real system so that we can explore it, perform experiments on it, and understand it before implementing it in the real world.”
When students use a model of behavior to gain a better understanding of that behavior, they are doing a simulation. For example:
When students are assigned roles as buyers and sellers of some good and asked to strike deals to exchange the good, they are learning about market behavior by simulating a market.