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Title: Are You Game? Integrating the Multi-User Virtual Environment 'Quest Atlantis' into Secondary Science Preservice Teacher Education
Contributor(s): Quinn, Frances  (author)orcid ; Doyle, Helen (author); Lyons, Terry  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11693
Abstract: This paper reports on a project that was undertaken to integrate the 3D Educational Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE) Quest Atlantis into preservice secondary science teacher education in Australia. This virtual environment has considerable potential in educating for citizenship and social justice in relation to science, incorporating a range of socio-scientific issues and explicit social responsibility objectives in an engaging, inquiry-based game based narrative. However, in common with other information technologies, there is some resistance by teachers to adopting MUVEs in schools, which points to the need to introduce preservice teachers to these emerging technologies. Hence in this study, preservice teachers were trained and accredited as QA teachers, undertook a range of QA activities and responded to questions about their perceptions of QA. In general, the preservice teachers were initially sceptical about the value of MUVEs in science education and apprehensive about having to engage with the technology in the unit. After their training and activities in the QA environment they were much more aware of the potential for QA in science teaching, expressed more willingness to implement it in the classroom but residual concerns were expressed relating to a range of issues. These included equity of access to the technology necessary to engage in these powerful and sophisticated learning environments, and the time and technical requirements of implementing them in the classroom.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: IOSTE XV: International Symposium on Science & Technology Education for Development, Citizenship and Social Justice, Hammamet, Tunisia, 29th October - 3rd November, 2012
Conference Details: IOSTE XV: International Symposium on Science & Technology Education for Development, Citizenship and Social Justice, Hammamet, Tunisia, 29th October - 3rd November, 2012
Source of Publication: IOSTE XV International Symposium Presentations (Track S4: ICT for equity and democracy in STE), p. 1-9
Publisher: INEDP: International Network "Education, Didactics, Psycho-Pedagogy"
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130103 Higher Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.inedp.org/?conference=ioste-XV&schedConf=Thematic&schedConf=Thematic&page=paper&op=view&path=187
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