Changing directions through VirtualPREX: engaging pre-service teachers in virtual professional experience

Sue Gregory, Barney Dalgarno, Mathew Campbell, Torsten Reiners, Vicki Knox, Yvonne Masters

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2011)
    EditorsB Cleland
    Place of PublicationTasmania
    PublisherUniversity of Tasmania
    Pages491-501
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781862956445
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventASCILITE 2011: 28th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Wrest Point, Hobart, Australia
    Duration: 04 Dec 201107 Dec 2011
    http://ascilite.org/conferences/hobart11/

    Conference

    ConferenceASCILITE 2011
    Abbreviated titleChanging demands, changing directions
    CountryAustralia
    CityHobart
    Period04/12/1107/12/11
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    Gregory, S., Dalgarno, B., Campbell, M., Reiners, T., Knox, V., & Masters, Y. (2011). Changing directions through VirtualPREX: engaging pre-service teachers in virtual professional experience. In B. Cleland (Ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2011) (pp. 491-501). University of Tasmania.