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Simulation Training Is As Effective as Teaching Pupils: Development of Efficacy Beliefs Among PRE-Service Teachers

, , , Linköping University, Sweden

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 29, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Teacher education programmes offer pre-service teachers limited opportunities to realistically practise and develop skills and strategies for teaching pupils, without the risk of adversely affecting pupils’ learning. The purpose of this study was set to contribute with knowledge concerning how pre-service teachers develop self-efficacy beliefs from different sorts of teacher training Three sorts of experience – teaching virtual characters, teaching peers and teaching pupils in schools – were compared. The results show that three hours of simulation training in a small group setting with virtual characters develops pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs in teaching mathematics just as much as three weeks of training with real students and significantly more than teaching colleagues during a seminar. The pre-service students especially mentioned the feedback from the instructors as being valuable for creating an efficient professional learning environment, with respect to development of teaching efficacy beliefs.

Citation

Samuelsson, M., Samuelsson, J. & Thorsten, A. (2021). Simulation Training Is As Effective as Teaching Pupils: Development of Efficacy Beliefs Among PRE-Service Teachers. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 29(2), 225-251. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved August 14, 2022 from .