ERIC Number: EJ1056723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
"I Finally Felt Like I Had Power": Student Agency and Voice in an Online and Classroom-Based Role-Play Simulation
Rector-Aranda, Amy; Raider-Roth, Miriam
Research in Learning Technology, v23 2015
This article presents an educational action research study examining how one online, classroom-based role-play simulation offers middle school students the opportunity to strengthen their agency and voice. The Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT) is a web-mediated simulation designed for middle school classrooms where students take on roles of various characters throughout the world, history and literature to address an imaginary court case. JCAT is meant to develop students' skills in writing, critical thinking, perspective-taking, historical empathy and communication, as well as subject literacy in social, historical and cultural contexts. Our research question focuses on how JCAT further encourages and supports the middle school students' agency and voice. We examine how students exercise their agency and voice both in the online environment and in accompanying classroom activities. As an educational action research study, we focus on simulations in which at least one of the authors was a participant, and also pay special attention to how our findings can enhance future simulations. Findings suggest that students constructed knowledge of democratic ideals and were able to exercise their agency and voice specifically, both in the online environment and in accompanying classroom activities.
Descriptors: Action Research, Role Playing, Simulation, Middle School Students, Simulated Environment, Skill Development, Writing Skills, Critical Thinking, Perspective Taking, History, Empathy, Communication Skills, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Student Participation, Learner Engagement, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Content Analysis, Middle School Teachers, Faculty Development, Group Discussion, Semi Structured Interviews, Empowerment, Court Litigation, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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