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Enhancing Pre-Service Special Educator Preparation through Combined Use of Virtual Simulation and Instructional Coaching

Division of Education and Leadership, Western Oregon University, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361, USA
Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8010010
Received: 30 December 2017 / Revised: 7 January 2018 / Accepted: 9 January 2018 / Published: 11 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology Enhancing the Skills of Students with Disabilities)
To meet the ever-increasing teaching standards, pre-service special educators need extensive and advanced opportunities for pedagogical preparation prior to entering the classroom. Providing opportunities for pre-service special educators to practice such strategies within a virtual simulation environment offers teacher preparation programs a way to individualize the teaching and practice of various pedagogical aspects needed when new educators enter their first classroom. Coupling such simulations with specific instructional coaching allows for increased and individualized remediation of the way instruction is given, classroom management practices, or getting to know your student population. This exploratory case study investigated the extent to which virtual simulations combined with instructional coaching impacted the way pre-service educators learned how to provide opportunities to respond (OTR) to the avatar students through the repeated teaching of a lesson over four sessions. View Full-Text
Keywords: instructional coaching; opportunities to respond; pre-service educators; virtual simulation instructional coaching; opportunities to respond; pre-service educators; virtual simulation
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Peterson-Ahmad, M. Enhancing Pre-Service Special Educator Preparation through Combined Use of Virtual Simulation and Instructional Coaching. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 10.

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