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Using Second Life to Enhance Classroom Management Practice in Teacher Education

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Educational Media International Volume 47, Number 2, ISSN 0952-3987


The following article discusses an educational simulation created within Second Life (SL) in order to assist pre-service teachers (PSTs) in gaining more experience managing student behavior. The article discusses the development, implementation, and assessment of the simulation as well as student data on the feasibility of the approach in comparison to other methods of learning classroom management. It includes discussion of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) methods to infuse the simulation with random student behavior, much as it would arise in the classroom. Results indicated that the students found the simulation to be a useful learning experience and put them in situations that forced them to think on their feet. Recommendations for future work with the simulation and for others considering the use of SL for educational purposes are discussed. (Contains 2 figures.)


Mahon, J., Bryant, B., Brown, B. & Kim, M. (2010). Using Second Life to Enhance Classroom Management Practice in Teacher Education. Educational Media International, 47(2), 121-134. Retrieved September 25, 2023 from .

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