Promoting family engagement: computer-based simulations and teacher preparation
The aim of the study is to investigate the impact of embedding the computer-based ‘Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Simulation Series’ within teacher education curricula in higher education institutions in the US and in Spain. A quantitative survey design was used to explore student teachers’ perceptions of the simulation experience. The sample consisted of 95 undergraduate education students from Chicago State University (US) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain). Participants attended a session where they played a 21-34-minute simulation, and afterwards completed an online questionnaire. As a result of the study, it was found that the simulation helps students learn strategies to promote family engagement and deepen their knowledge to promote positive, goal-oriented relationships with families. Based on the results, it can be asserted that the simulation also supports student teachers’ in-depth learning when practicing active listening skills and relationship-building strategies.
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