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ERIC Number: EJ1170969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
The Heuristic Sandbox: Developing Teacher Know-How through Play in simSchool
Hopper, Susan B.
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v29 n1 p77-112 Jan 2018
simSchool is a game-based, virtual, and interactive tool that allows pre-service teachers to acquire new skills while constructing knowledge through experimentation with learning situations. Pre-service teachers develop know-how--or heuristic knowledge--through repeated practice in the "Personality Plus Higher-Order Thinking" module to discover insights about personality traits in teaching and instructional levels of critical thinking. This article is an introduction, overview, and example of a simSchool module. It will illustrate how pre-service teachers can construct their own knowledge through the simSchool experience with various outcomes in the development of heuristic knowledge and suggest future work to enhance the benefits of simSchool in teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: P116B060398; 0726670