Research Partnership Opportunity
On September 19, at 3:30pm EST, Mursion will be hosting an interactive webinar on Using Simulation for both Instruction and Research in Teacher Preparation Programs, hosted by Dr. Julie Cohen and Dr. Vivian Wong, University of Virginia. This overview shares greater details about their research, as well as the opportunity for your university to partner in this study.
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Simulations have enormous potential as both a practice space and assessment platform. Teacher educators are able to observe prospective teachers in ways that are otherwise difficult to replicate in a university classroom or in student teaching, while facilitating the provision of feedback, with opportunities for “do-overs.” Simulated classrooms also standardize the context in which we observe teaching develop, enabling “apples to apples” comparisons across large populations of teachers in ways that are impossible in classroom settings. We will share our work capitalizing on both of these affordances. Over the past two years, we have conducted a series of randomized control trials to evaluate whether coaching between simulations sessions leads to more rapid development of skills. Scenarios have included content-focused skills like providing feedback in a text-based discussion, as well as classroom management skills. The webinar will highlight the potential value of simulated classrooms for both instruction and research, and detail some lessons we have learned about incorporation into teacher preparation program design.