• Article

A Comparison of Training Outcomes from a Simulated Learning Environment and Traditional Classroom

Citation

Cahoon, M., Surface, E., Towler, A., & Dierdorff, E. (2011). A Comparison of Training Outcomes from a Simulated Learning Environment and Traditional Classroom. International Journal of Global Management Studies Professional, 3(2), 77-93.

Abstract

Simulated learning environments (SLEs) provide a representation of the real world by presenting realistic features embedded in the simulated environment. This study examined the effectiveness of the Tactical Iraqi Language and Culture Training SystemTM (Tactical IraqiTM), by comparing it to an equivalent classroom-training event. Data were collected from 18 U.S. Marines. Results indicated that trainees’ language acquisition improved in both training groups. Self-efficacy results were mixed with listening self-efficacy improving significantly for SLE and speaking self-efficacy improving significantly for classroom. Increases in listening self-efficacy were significantly greater for the SLE than for classroom. Implications and future research directions are discussed.