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ClassSim: An Approach to Educator Development Through a Simulation

ClassSim: An Approach to Educator Development Through a Simulation
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Author(s): Brian Ferry (University of Wollongong, Australia), Lisa Kervin (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Lisa Carrington (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 15
Source title: Gaming and Simulations: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-195-9.ch404

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Abstract

This chapter presents one approach to educator development through games and simulations. The goal of the authors’ project was to enhance pre-service teachers’ ability to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of teaching. Some criteria that the authors regarded as indicators of success were the facilitation a professional dialogue, an emerging understanding of content delivery and the articulation of workplace culture in the teaching profession. The chapter describes the theory underpinning of the design and the research approaches used. In particular, the authors explain how cognitive load theory was applied to the design of the key features of this virtual learning environment. They also summarize six years of research that has consistently found that the virtual learning environment of ClassSim provides an effective way of introducing pre-service teachers to their future work in classrooms.

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