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Teacher Education with simSchool

Teacher Education with simSchool
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Author(s): David Gibson (Curveshift, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 17
Source title: Teacher Education Programs and Online Learning Tools: Innovations in Teacher Preparation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Richard Hartshorne (University of Central Florida, USA), Tina L. Heafner (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA) and Teresa Petty (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1906-7.ch023

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Abstract

This chapter introduces an innovative online learning platform for the preparation of teachers through simulations, which addresses some of the systemic challenges of teacher education in the US. The chapter contrasts traditional course-based online learning experiences with a simulation approach to four areas of teacher preparation: conceptions of teaching & learning, the organization of knowledge, assessment practices and results, and the engagement of communities of practice. The chapter outlines a rationale for the new approach based in self-direction and personal validation in a complex but repeatable practice environment, supported by emergent interdisciplinary knowledge concerning the unique affordances of digital media assessment and social media. The online simulation simSchool is used as an example model that embodies the new paradigm.

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