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Title: Practising Teaching using Virtual Classroom Role Plays
Contributor(s): Dalgarno, Barney (author); Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Knox, Vicki  (author); Reiners, Torsten (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n1.8Open Access Link
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Abstract: Practice in the role of the teacher is an essential part of teacher education, however professional experience placements are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Consequently, additional university-based teaching practice, such as classroom role play with student teacher peers is important. Classroom role plays can be effective but there are limits to the realism of the experience and such strategies are not feasible for students studying at a distance. This article reports on a study in which a classroom in the virtual world of Second Life was used to house role plays of student teachers in preparation for their first professional experience placement. Based on the results of this study it is concluded that teaching practice using a virtual classroom shows promise but there are a number of usability and other issues which need to be resolved before it will be viewed as an effective strategy by all student teachers.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(1), p. 126-154
Publisher: Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1835-517X
Field of Research (FOR): 130103 Higher Education
130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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