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

Sue Gregory, Barney Dalgarno, Matthew 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
EditorsGary Williams, Dominique Parish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Pages491-501
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781862956445
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Changing demands, changing directions", ASCILITE 2011 - Hobart, TAS, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20117 Dec 2011

Publication series

NameASCILITE 2011 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Changing demands, changing directions", ASCILITE 2011
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityHobart, TAS
Period4/12/117/12/11

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