ClassSim: Preparing Tomorrows Teachers for Classroom Reality
Lisa Kervin, Brian Ferry, Lisa Carrington, University of Wollongong, Australia
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper reports on an on-line simulation that we have developed to support our pre-service teacher education program. The purpose of this paper is three fold: first it reports on the need identified within the literature for pre-service teacher education to make stronger connections between the theory of their university experience with classroom reality; second it reports on the creation of a prototype version of simulation software (ClassSim) developed to engage pre-service teachers in decision-making processes within a virtual classroom environment; third it reports on our research where the software was used with a cohort of 186 pre-service teachers.
Kervin, L., Ferry, B. & Carrington, L. (2006). ClassSim: Preparing Tomorrows Teachers for Classroom Reality. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3204-3211). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).