Share Paper: SimSchool: Enhancing Teacher Preparation through Simulated Classrooms

  1. David Gibson, Arizona State University, United States
  2. Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, United States
  3. Tandra Tyler-Wood, University of North Texas, United States
  4. Gerald Knezek, University of North Texas, United States
Tuesday, March 8 10:15-10:45 AM Hermitage B

Abstract: Outcomes from using a simulated teaching environment with pre-service teacher candidates are presented. Results of analyses for the areas of pedagogical practices and teaching skills are used to illustrate that changes in pre-service educators can be assessed as a direct outcome of activities completed within the simulated environment. Major outcomes to date indicate that teacher candidates gain a sense of instructional self-efficacy (confidence in their competence) more rapidly using the simulator, compared to traditional teacher preparation classes and related activities.