The development of ClassSim

a simulated learning environment to support the practicum experience for pre-service teachers

Brian Ferry*, Lisa Kervin, John Hedberg, David Jonassen, Brian Cambourne, Jan Turbill, Lisa Carrington

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Abstract

This paper reports on an online simulation designed to support pre-service teachers' practicum experiences in the important area of literacy teaching. The purpose of the simulation was to develop pre-service teacher understanding of complex classroom situations associated with the teaching of literacy by giving them the opportunity to work within a virtual environment. Our trials of this software have revealed that it has provided pre-service teachers with time to think critically about complex teaching situations which relied on the teacher's ability to respond to children's experiences, engage with them in dialogue and negotiation as well as utilise a range of indirect instructions such as questioning, modelling and prompting. Pre-service teachers have acknowledged that their experience with the simulation helped them to make their practicum experience more focused by giving them the knowledge and experience to more fully appreciate the impact of subtle changes that experienced teachers made during lessons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable and Scalable Educational Innovations Informed by the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationSharing Good Practices of Research, Experimentation and Innovation
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, David Jonassen, Mitsuru Ikeda
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages84-92
Number of pages9
Volume133
ISBN (Electronic)9781607501503
ISBN (Print)9781586035730
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event13th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2005 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 28 Nov 20052 Dec 2005

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314

Other

Other13th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2005
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period28/11/052/12/05

Keywords

  • Practicum
  • Pre-service teacher education
  • Simulation

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    Ferry, B., Kervin, L., Hedberg, J., Jonassen, D., Cambourne, B., Turbill, J., & Carrington, L. (2005). The development of ClassSim: a simulated learning environment to support the practicum experience for pre-service teachers. In C-K. Looi, D. Jonassen, & M. Ikeda (Eds.), Towards Sustainable and Scalable Educational Innovations Informed by the Learning Sciences: Sharing Good Practices of Research, Experimentation and Innovation (Vol. 133, pp. 84-92). (Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications). Amsterdam: IOS Press.