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dc.contributor.authorGregory, S.
dc.contributor.authorDalgarno, B.
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, M.
dc.contributor.authorReiners, Torsten
dc.contributor.authorKnox, V.
dc.contributor.authorMasters, Y.
dc.contributor.editorG. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown & B. Cleland
dc.identifier.citationGregory, Sue and Dalgarno, Barney and Campbell, Matthew and Reiners, Torsten and Knox, Vicki and Masters, Yvonne. 2011. Changing directions through VirtualPREX: engaging pre-service teachers in virtual professional experience, in G. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown & B. Cleland (ed), Changing demands, changing directions: Proceedings of ascilite 2011, Dec 4-7 2011, pp. 491-501. Hobart: University of Tasmania.

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.

dc.publisherUniversity of Tasmania
dc.subjectprofessional experience
dc.subjectSecond Life
dc.subjectvirtual worlds
dc.subjectpre-service teachers
dc.titleChanging directions through VirtualPREX: engaging pre-service teachers in virtual professional experience
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleascilite 2011 changing demands, changing directions
dcterms.source.seriesascilite 2011 changing demands, changing directions
dcterms.source.conferenceascilite 2011
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateDec 4 2011
dcterms.source.conferencelocationHobart, Tasmania, Australia
dcterms.source.placeTasmania, Australia

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