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Title: VirtualPREX: Providing Virtual Professional Experience for Pre-Service Teachers
Contributor(s): Masters, Yvonne (author)orcid ; Gregory, Sue (author)orcid ; Dalgarno, Barney (author); Reiners, Torsten (author); Knox, Vicki (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: Professional experience (or practicum) is problematic within teacher education courses because preparation for, and the quality of, placements can be inconsistent. Preservice teachers can commence their first placement without some of the requisite skills and off-campus pre-service teachers do not always have opportunities to practise any ski lls at all pre-placement. VirtualPREX is an innovative approach to professional experience preparation, providing opportunities for practice in a virtual world such as Second Life . In this chapter the authors outline the rationale for this innovation and then report on the data from the pilot trials of the VirtualPREX role plays where pre-service teachers role-played the teacher and students in a Second Life virtual classroom. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the next steps in the project.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Virtual Worlds for Online Learning: Cases and Applications, p. 3-24
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9781634821490
Field of Research (FOR): 130103 Higher Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
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