Using virtual reality in the classroom: preservice teachers' perceptions of its use as a teaching and learning tool

Cooper, G, Park, H, Nasr, Z, Thong, L and Johnson, R 2019, 'Using virtual reality in the classroom: preservice teachers' perceptions of its use as a teaching and learning tool', Educational Media International, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 1-13.


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Title Using virtual reality in the classroom: preservice teachers' perceptions of its use as a teaching and learning tool
Author(s) Cooper, G
Park, H
Nasr, Z
Thong, L
Johnson, R
Year 2019
Journal name Educational Media International
Volume number 56
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Virtual reality (VR) platforms act as a potentially transformative tool in learning and teaching. The aim of this study was to examine pre-service teachers' (PST) perceptions about VR, inclusive of their beliefs about its capacity to be used as a teaching and learning tool. A case-study, conducted at an urban university in Australia involved a sample of n = 41. Participants' positive perceptions of VR in their teaching relate to its potential to engage learners, the immersive potential of the platformand the scope of VR to offer students experiences they might otherwise not have with other learning tools. Concerns expressed by PSTs include their relatively low selfefficacy to use VR in their teaching, monitoring-related matters, financial cost and implementing the technology in a safe and supportive way. There was a significant difference in PSTs' amount of self-efficacy to teach using VR when compared to their overall confidence to use digital technologies. PSTs typically had greater awareness of the immersive and engagement potential of VR and less awareness about its potential to foster and promote collaborative learning. This paper contributes to an emerging discourse regarding the possible applications of VR in educational environments and particularly in relation teacher-educator contexts.
Subject Educational Technology and Computing
Keyword(s) Virtual reality
education
STEM education
pre-service teachers
teaching/learning tools
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09523987.2019.1583461
Copyright notice © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 0952-3987
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