Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Computerized Classroom Simulation to Improve Pre-Service Teacher Understanding of Gifted Students
Amber Ellison, Tandra Tyler-Wood, Brenda Barrio, Sita Periathiruvadi, Okyoung Lim, Gerald Knezek, Pamela Peak, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The presentation will detail one university’s efforts to develop gifted education learning activities for pre-service teachers using simSchool, a computerized classroom simulator available online. In past research, undergraduate students expressed frustration when attempting to teach gifted simStudents and demonstrated fewer gains in teaching skills than graduate students, presumably because undergraduates lacked understanding of the needs of gifted learners. Simulation activities and evaluation processes have been recently modified in order to better understand the implications of these findings. This presentation demonstrates how simulations can be used to deliver much-needed instruction in the area of gifted education for pre-service teachers. It also details some of the challenges encountered by researchers in evaluating the simulation's effectiveness.
Ellison, A., Tyler-Wood, T., Barrio, B., Periathiruvadi, S., Lim, O., Knezek, G. & Peak, P. (2011). Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Computerized Classroom Simulation to Improve Pre-Service Teacher Understanding of Gifted Students. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2106-2111). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).