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Preparing pre-service teachers for classroom practice in a virtual world: A pilot study using Second Life

Muir, Tracey, Allen, Jeanne M., Rayner, Christopher S. and Cleland, Ben 2013, Preparing pre-service teachers for classroom practice in a virtual world: A pilot study using Second Life, Journal of interactive media in education, vol. Spring Issue.

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Title Preparing pre-service teachers for classroom practice in a virtual world: A pilot study using Second Life
Author(s) Muir, Tracey
Allen, Jeanne M.
Rayner, Christopher S.
Cleland, Ben
Journal name Journal of interactive media in education
Volume number Spring Issue
Total pages 17
Publisher Open University, Knowledge Media Institute
Place of publication Milton Keynes, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1365-893X
Keyword(s) inclusive practices
practicum
pre-service teacher
Second Life
virtual classroom
Summary Many pre-service teachers feel under-prepared to teach students with a diverse range of needs and abilities and continue to be concerned about classroom behaviour management when undertaking practicum experiences. In order to address these concerns, teacher educators have explored alternative pedagogical approaches, including computer based simulations and immersion in virtual worlds. This paper reports on the results of a pilot study conducted with eight pre-service teachers who operated avatars in a virtual classroom created within Second Life (SL)™. The pre-service teachers were able to role-play students with a diverse range of behaviours and engage in reflective discussion about their experiences. The results showed that the pre-service teachers appreciated the opportunity to engage in an authentic classroom experience without impacting on "real" students, but that the platform of SL proved limiting in enacting certain aspects of desired teaching pedagogy. The findings of this pilot study are discussed in relation to improving the preparation of pre-service teachers for practicum.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Open University, Knowledge Media Institute
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062498

Document type: Journal Article
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