Simulating Students with Learning Disabilities in Virtual Classrooms: A Validation Study
Sita Periathiruvadi, Tandra Tyler-Wood, Gerald Knezek, Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study explores the validity of using a simulation as a training tool to provide future teachers with an opportunity to work with a simulated student with a learning disability in an inclusion classroom. This study seeks to determine if a simulation can accurately depict a classroom experience that a future teacher might encounter in today’s inclusion classroom. Specifically, the purpose was to validate the use of simSchool, a web-based classroom simulation program for training pre-service and in-service teachers to teach students with special needs. An actual student with a learning disability was observed in an inclusion science classroom. Using those observations, a simulated version of the student was built into the simSchool Program. Important findings on the comparison of various attributes including academic, behavior and personality are discussed.
Periathiruvadi, S., Tyler-Wood, T., Knezek, G. & Christensen, R. (2012). Simulating Students with Learning Disabilities in Virtual Classrooms: A Validation Study. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2588-2595). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).