ERIC Number: EJ1037093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Using Virtual Technology to Enhance Field Experiences for Pre-Service Special Education Teachers
Billingsley, Glenna M.; Scheuermann, Brenda K.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v37 n3 p255-272 Aug 2014
Teacher educators of pre-service teachers of students with special needs face challenges in providing the unique knowledge and skills required of highly qualified special education teachers. The emerging use of various forms of virtual technology, however, offers realistic solutions to these problems. This systematic review of literature examines 14 studies that utilized these virtual technologies to increase learning outcomes for pre-service special education teachers during field experiences or courses that prepared them for such experiences. Included studies examined the efficacy of learning from digital case studies, supervision via videoconferencing, audio-cued coaching, and participation in virtual reality activities. Results confirmed that these types of technologies can greatly enhance field-based learning opportunities for pre-service special education teachers.
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education, Educational Opportunities, Preservice Teachers, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Special Needs Students, Outcomes of Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Videoconferencing, Case Studies, Teacher Supervision, Audio Equipment, Cues, Literature Reviews
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