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Title: VirtualPREX: Developing Teaching Skills in 'Second Life'
Contributor(s): Masters, Yvonne  (author)orcid ; Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Reiners, Torsten (author); Knox, Vicki  (author); Dalgarno, Barney (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Virtual worlds are accepted as alternative learning environments and have been incorporated into the repertoire of higher education teaching and learning strategies for more than a decade. Numerous reports exist regarding the efficacy of this form of learning for both student engagement and enhanced student outcomes. The immersive affordances of these worlds are also being used to enhance another aspect of many higher education courses; work integrated learning. This form of learning, also referred to as practicum, placement, practice teaching and professional experience, is a core component of teacher education courses. Research has highlighted quality preparation for practice teaching (or lack thereof) as problematic, necessitating new approaches to teacher preparation. The active experiential learning affordances of virtual world technologies have led to the development of 3D virtual classrooms and a playground designed to be effective spaces for developing a range of critical teaching skills. Pre-service teachers have opportunities, through interaction in and with the virtual environment, to practise skills and apply concepts in a realistic setting that is risk free. 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 being utilised as a site for enhanced teacher preparation
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds, p. 69-94
Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Press
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781848882317
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930201 Pedagogy
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): C A DeCoursey and Shana Garrett
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