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Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of simSchool as preparation for inclusive education: a pilot study


Rayner, C and Fluck, A, Pre-service teachers' perceptions of simSchool as preparation for inclusive education: a pilot study, Asia - Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 42, (3) pp. 212-227. ISSN 1359-866X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Australian Teacher Education Association

DOI: doi:10.1080/1359866X.2014.927825


The shift towards the inclusion of students with disabilities in regular schools has meant that general classroom teachers need to be skilled in educating students with a diverse range of needs and abilities. Together with theoretical study and as a supplement to practical experience, teacher educators have begun to explore virtual and simulated classrooms to help prepare pre-service teachers for the complexity of the teaching profession. In this pilot study, we examined the perspective of pre-service teachers on a classroom simulation program called "simSchool." Two-hour-long tutorial sessions focusing on catering for student diversity and the educational needs of students with autism spectrum disorder were conducted. The pre-service teachers’ responses to an 11-item questionnaire are discussed, highlighting the potential of simSchool as well as some current limitations of this approach in the context of Australian teacher education courses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:SimSchool, simulation, teaching
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rayner, C (Dr Christopher Rayner)
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:93015
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-07-06
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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