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ERIC Number: EJ940326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Pre-Service Teachers' Perspectives on Using Scenario-Based Virtual Worlds in Science Education
Kennedy-Clark, Shannon
Computers & Education, v57 n4 p2224-2235 Dec 2011
This paper presents the findings of a study on the current knowledge and attitudes of pre-service teachers on the use of scenario-based multi-user virtual environments in science education. The 28 participants involved in the study were introduced to "Virtual Singapura," a multi-user virtual environment, and completed an open-ended questionnaire. Data from the questionnaire indicated that gender and current computer game use were likely to affect the perceived benefits of using virtual worlds in a classroom setting. Behavior management was seen as being a constraining factor on a pre-service teacher's willingness to use a virtual world in the future. Overall, the results of the study indicate that pre-service teachers as a result of their use of "Virtual Singapura" are both aware of virtual worlds and have a reasonable understanding of both their potential advantages and disadvantages within a classroom setting. (Contains 3 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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