Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Computerized Classroom Simulation to Improve Pre-Service Teacher Understanding of Gifted Students

ID: 31929 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Amber Ellison, Tandra Tyler-Wood, Brenda Barrio, Sita Periathiruvadi, Okyoung Lim, Gerald Knezek, and Pamela Peak, University of North Texas, United States

Wednesday, March 9 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Location: McGavock's A

Presider: Catherine Schifter, Temple University, United States

Abstract: The presentation will detail one university’s efforts to develop gifted education learning activities for pre-service teachers using simSchool, a computerized classroom simulator available online. In past research, undergraduate students expressed frustration when attempting to teach gifted simStudents and demonstrated fewer gains in teaching skills than graduate students, presumably because undergraduates lacked understanding of the needs of gifted learners. Simulation activities and evaluation processes have been recently modified in order to better understand the implications of these findings. This presentation demonstrates how simulations can be used to deliver much-needed instruction in the area of gifted education for pre-service teachers. It also details some of the challenges encountered by researchers in evaluating the simulation's effectiveness.

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