ERIC Number: ED260694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Use of a Microcomputer-Based Simulation to Enrich Teacher Training.
Loper, Ann Booker; And Others
Designed to provide teacher-trainees with practice before entering a real classroom, a microcomputer-based simulation of classroom interaction became a key component in the curriculum of two introductory methods courses offered at the University of Virginia. Twenty-two participants used IBM-PC equipment to complete two skill modules. Each module included a series of simulated lessons followed by a debriefing session during which individualized counseling on skill attainment was given. In the first module, trainees were encouraged to inform pupils whether their content-based answers to spelling questions were correct or not. In the second module, trainees were encouraged to adjust the pace of their questioning on the basis of whether they were introducing or reviewing content-related material. The instructional strategies could be determined by the teacher-trainee, and the interactions between the teacher and pupil (computer simulated) was in the form of spoken dialog. Instruction for the participants was based on a skill mastery approach to learning. The teacher-trainee response to classroom simulation was positive; 100% of participants reported enjoying the post-session debriefing and performance appraisal by a counselor. Future plans include continuation and expansion of simulation methods with opportunities given for participants to experience inappropriate classroom behavior in order to gain practice in effective management techniques. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. School of Education.