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Title: Branching Out through VirtualPREX: Enhancing Teaching in Second Life
Contributor(s): Masters, Yvonne  (author)orcid ; Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Dalgarno, Barney (author); Reiners, Torsten (author); Knox, Vicki  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: undefined
390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
390305 Professional education and training
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
930103 Learner Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
Abstract: Virtual worlds have been incorporated into the repertoire of higher education teaching and learning for over a decade with numerous reports on the efficacy of this form of learning for both student engagement and enhanced student outcomes. The affordances of these worlds are being used to enhance another aspect of many higher education courses; work integrated learning. In teacher education courses, practice teaching is a core component. However, research has highlighted quality preparation for practice teaching as problematic. This is a particular challenge for distance education students necessitating new approaches to teacher preparation. Virtual world technologies have provided the authors with a capacity to develop 3D virtual classroom and playground environments. These are currently being tested as effective spaces for developing a range of critical teaching skills prior to pre-service teachers entering a physical classroom. These students have opportunities, through interaction in and with the virtual environment, to practise skills and apply concepts in a risk-free realistic setting. In this chapter, the authors discuss the problems of preparation for practice teaching and the ways in which the virtual world of Second Life is currently being tested as a site for enhanced teacher preparation. The results of the first trials are described and the future of the project explored.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Utopia and a Garden Party, p. 57-69
Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Press
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781848881402
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: At the Interface
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Editor: Editor(s): Paul Jerry, Yvonne Masters and Nancy Tavares-Jones
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