Current Issues and Future Directions in Simulation-Based Training in North America
Bell, Bradford S.; Kanar, Adam M.; Kozlowski, Steve W. J.
A number of emerging challenges including globalization, economic pressures, and the changing nature of work have combined to create a business environment that demands innovative, flexible training solutions. Simulations are a promising tool for creating more realistic, experiential learning environments to meet these challenges. Unfortunately, the current literature on simulation-based training paints a mixed picture as to the effectiveness of simulations as training tools, with most of the previous research focusing on the specific technologies used in simulation design and little theory-based research focusing on the instructional capabilities or learning processes underlying these technologies. This article examines the promise and perils of simulation-based training, reviews research that has examined the effectiveness of simulations as training tools, identifies pressing research needs, and presents an agenda for future theory-driven research aimed at addressing those needs.
training; simulations; technology; instruction
Required Publisher Statement: Copyright held by Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published as: Bell, B. S., Kanar, A. M. & Kozlowski, S. W. J. (2008). Current issues and future directions in simulation-based training in North America. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19(8), 1416-1434.The International Journal of Human Resource Management is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/.