International Student Perspectives on Simulated Preservice Induction

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    Responding to an expanding cohort of international pre-service student teachers, the College of Education at Charles Darwin University instigated a pilot study into the viability of SimLab as a platform for induction into Australian classroom dynamics prior to placement. SimLab is a mixed reality platform that can be configured to simulate a variety of real-life experiences that pre-service teachers on placement will likely encounter. In recent years, it has been used successfully by several Australian universities as an embedded component within initial teacher education courses. A series of 15-minute sessions were provided to three cohorts of international students (n=52). Based on a simple 5E pedagogical model that prioritizes engagement as a foundation for all teaching, students were tasked with getting to know their students and to deliver at least one micro-teaching session. Additionally, they were provided with opportunities to have conversations with the school principal and their assigned mentor teacher. Initial findings suggest a favourable overall evaluation. The College is now extending this research by providing this opportunity to all incoming pre-service teachers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication28th International Conference on Computers in Education
    Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings Volume I
    EditorsHyojeong So, Ma Mercedes Rodrigo, Jon Mason, Antonija Mitrovic
    Place of PublicationTaiwan
    PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-986-97214-5-5
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2020
    Event28th International Conference on Computers in Education - Online
    Duration: 26 Nov 202029 Nov 2020


    Conference28th International Conference on Computers in Education


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