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dc.contributor.advisor Bonk, Curtis J. en_US Fischler, Robert B. en_US 2010-05-24T15:10:57Z 2027-01-24T16:10:57Z 2010-05-31T02:39:16Z 2010-05-24T15:10:57Z 2006 en_US
dc.description Thesis (PhD) - Indiana University, School of Education, 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract The use of educational simulations may help bridge the divide between contemporary learning theories and traditional practices of instruction. The research literature suggests that successful simulation-based learning largely depends on the instructional design principles behind the simulations. How instructors effectively use well-designed simulations with students, however, is less clear. An original simulation for teacher education (SimTeacher) was created based on contemporary learning theories. Three instructors at a major southwestern university used the simulation in their teacher education courses within a span of four semesters. Qualitative data was collected through interviews and observation. Instructors decided on their extent of involvement based on their teaching style, objectives, technology skills, and available time. The study provides a detailed look at the issues, concerns, failures, and triumphs of instructors using SimTeacher in their courses. In addition, a unique perspective was provided from student feedback after simulation use. The study results suggest that adding an advanced technological tool like an educational simulation will have little effect on learning unless it is integrated well into the curriculum. Specifically, instructors who facilitated "social practice" by (a) using structurally rich storylines and by (b) blending simulation use with classroom discussions reported the most success with simulation-based learning in teacher education. en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en_US
dc.rights This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. en
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dc.subject case-based learning en_US
dc.subject simulation en_US
dc.subject problem-based learning en_US
dc.subject simulation-based learning en_US
dc.subject instructional technology en_US
dc.subject.classification Education, Teacher Training en_US
dc.subject.classification Education, Technology en_US
dc.subject.classification Education, Educational Psychology en_US
dc.title SimTeacher: Simulation-based learning in teacher education en_US
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en_US

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