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Presented at CELDA 2013 in Fort Worth

Presented at CELDA 2013 in Fort Worth

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  • 1. simSchool Impacts of Teaching Virtual Students Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J 22.10.2013
  • 2. simSchool  A „flight simulator‟ for teaching Uses a computational model of teaching and learning  Supports practice & reflection re: teaching challenges * Classroom management * Instructional activity design * Psychology of learning Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 3. simSchool‟s „Interactive Engine‟ What context teachers see Independent Variables Observable Variables student outcomes Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J What teachers do Hidden Variables Dependent Variables How students react
  • 4. 3-Aspect simStudent Personality (Hidden Variables)  Openness to learning  Conscientiousness  Extroversion or introversion  Agreeableness  Neuroticism emotional stability Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J  Visual  Auditory  Kinesthetic  Expected academic performance
  • 5. Interpersonal Circumplex (Hidden Variables) Teachers and students interact with one another by negotiating power and affiliation Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 6. Dynamically Generated Profiles (Observable Variables)  A text database of personality elements allows 5 statements per element  This produces 5 ^ 10 or 9.7 million written profiles Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 7. Student Behavior (Observable Variables) Body posture offers clues “I am trying hard to complete my work” Verbal responses reflect student‟s internal state Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 8. What Teachers Do (Independent Variables)  Select Tasks Emotional, Physical & Cognitive current states of students interact with task requirements A Zone of Proximal Development determines time-tosuccess on task and effects student attitudes  Talk to simStudents Questions, observations, or assertions about academic or, behavioral issues Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 9. simSchool Theories  Zone of Proximal Development  OCEAN model of psychology  Physical model of sensation-perception  Social Expectation States Theory concerning tasks  Complex Systems  System dynamics Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 10. Zone of Proximal Development TASK Requirements Time on Task ZPD of the STUDENT Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 11. Dynamics of Task Completion Sally Task V A K Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J O C E A N n…
  • 12. Dynamic Landscapes Task Student Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 13. Impacts across studies since 2006 Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 14. Impacts across studies since 2006 show increases in:  Instructional Self-Efficacy (confidence in one‟s competence),  Learner Locus of Control (the teacher‟s sense of responsibility for learning results)  Teaching Skills (self-estimates) (Knezek, Fisser, Gibson, Christensen, & Tyler-Wood, 2012)  Pedagogical Balance (confidence viz experience) Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 15. Impacts in 2007  Instructional Self-Efficacy gains were significant and roughly twice as large as gains in the comparison group  Learning Locus of Control movement was noted in the direction of stronger belief that the teacher can influence a student‟s achievement potential. Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 16. Impacts in 2008  Significant gains (p < .001) in Instructional Self-Efficacy, with an effect size of .44  Significant gains from pre- to post-assessment in the Teaching Skills subscale (p < .001), with an effect size of .44 Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 17. Impacts in 2011  Gains in Instructional Self-Efficacy (p < .01, one-tailed hypothesis),  Learning Locus of Control (p < .01, one-tailed)  Teaching Skills (p < .03, one-tailed) …were sufficiently large (p < .05) to reject the null hypothesis of occurrence by chance. Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 18. Conclusions  Findings reported to date illustrate that simulations are capable of modeling a wide range of student learning, and can be envisioned as having significant impacts on improvements in teaching.  The findings of different gains in treatment versus comparison group indicators can be interpreted as evidence that the instruments work and that the simulator is useful. Further research is needed to verify long-term impacts of simSchool on teacher quality and K-12 student learning. Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
  • 19. simSchool Impacts of Teaching Virtual Students Curtin University is a trademark of Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J 22.10.2013

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