“Can Virtual Reality Simulations be used as a Research Tool to Study Empathy, Problems Solving and Perspective Taking of Educators? Theory, Method and Application” by Tettegah, Taylor, Whang, Meistninkas and Chamot

  • ©Sharon Tettegah, Kona Taylor, Eun Won Whang, Simon Meistninkas, and Robert Chamot

  • ©Sharon Tettegah, Kona Taylor, Eun Won Whang, Simon Meistninkas, and Robert Chamot

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    Can Virtual Reality Simulations be used as a Research Tool to Study Empathy, Problems Solving and Perspective Taking of Educators? Theory, Method and Application

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    Simulations in virtual environments are becoming an important research tool for educators. These simulations can be used in a variety of areas from the study of emotions and psychological disorders to more effective training. The current study uses animated narrative vignette simulation technology to observe a classroom situation depicting a low level aggressive peer-to-peer victim dyad. Participants were asked to respond to this situation as if they were the teacher, and these responses were then coded and analyzed. Consistent with other literature, the pre-service teachers expressed very little empathic concern, problem-solving or management of the situation with the victim. Future direction and educational implications are presented.


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