Effectiveness of Learning Transportation Network Growth Through Simulation
AbstractComputer simulation plays an increasingly important role in engineering education as a tool for enhancing classroom learning. This research investigates the efficacy of using simulation in teaching the topic of transportation network growth through an experiment conducted at the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Minnesota. In the experiment, a network growth simulator program (SONG) was incorporated into a senior/graduate class in transportation system analysis. Results of the experiment show that the use of SONG effectively enhanced students' learning in terms of helping students develop in-depth understanding about the development process of network patterns, and helped them develop some aspects of judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. However the use of SONG may have been more effective had some other barriers to learning been overcome.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 200601.
Date of creation: 2006
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Publication status: Published in ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice Vol. 132, No. 1, January 1, 2006. [
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Simulation; Engineering Education; and Transportation Network Growth .;
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-03-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2007-03-24 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-NET-2007-03-24 (Network Economics)
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"The Emergence of Hierarchy in Transportation Networks,"
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- Bhanu Yerra & David Levinson, 2005. "The emergence of hierarchy in transportation networks," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 541-553, 09.
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