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Second Life: Pre-Service Teachers’ Precautionary Tale

, Empire State College, United States

Global TIME, in Online, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


This paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on a group of eleven secondary pre-service teachers in a Language & Literacy course. The phenomenology method was used to examine pre-service teachers’ lived experiences in Second Life, a simulated virtual world; for evidence of its usefulness for teaching and learning within secondary classrooms. Uncontrolled environment seemed to be the major concern expressed by pre-service teachers in Second Life. Unlike the contained face-to-face or classroom context, participants found the unrestrictive freedom in Second Life daunting. Additional setbacks include a steep learning curve, bandwidth, and computer performance issues. Findings indicate that pre-service teachers did not find simulations useful for teaching and learning with high school students. Educators who are considering using Second Life or other simulations for teaching and learning should take a precautionary approach when adopting the use of virtual environments for teaching and learning.


Teoh, J. (2011). Second Life: Pre-Service Teachers’ Precautionary Tale. In Proceedings of Global TIME -Online Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media & Education (pp. 283-289). Online,: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 13, 2019 from .



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