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Title: Changing directions through VirtualPREX: engaging pre-service teachers in virtual professional experience
Contributor(s): Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Dalgarno, Barney (author); Campbell, Matthew (author); Reiners, Torsten (author); Knox, Vicki  (author); Masters, Yvonne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Many pre-service teachers currently undertake their professional experience with insufficient knowledge and confidence to handle unexpected teaching situations. VirtualPREX explores the experiences of 72 pre-service teachers who undertook a teaching role-play in a virtual world. The researchers discuss this opportunity for pre-service teachers to utilise new methods and avenues in a virtual world to both supplement their learning and undertake preparation for practical experience. Participation by pre-service teachers in role-play enables them to test and develop a better range of professional skills and acquire confidence in, and more realistic awareness of, their skills before being placed in real-life classrooms. Presented in this paper are the findings from a pilot of this study and pre-service teacher reactions to the role-play activity including whether they felt that it was helpful in preparing them for their upcoming professional experience placement.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ascilite 2011: Changing demands, changing directions, Hobart, Australia, 4th - 7th December, 2011
Conference Details: ascilite 2011: Changing demands, changing directions, Hobart, Australia, 4th - 7th December, 2011
Source of Publication: Changing Demands, Changing Directions: Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011, p. 491-501
Publisher: Univeristy of Tasmania
Place of Publication: Hobart, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
130103 Higher Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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