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Development of a Virtual Second Life Curriculum Using Currere Model

Chih-Feng Chien, Trina Davis, Patrick Slattery, Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt and Janet Hammer
Journal of Educational Technology & Society
Vol. 16, No. 3 (July 2013), pp. 204-219
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/jeductechsoci.16.3.204
Page Count: 16
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Development of a Virtual Second Life Curriculum Using Currere Model
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ABSTRACT This is a study integrating Second Life (SL) and the currere approach to develop a virtual curriculum demonstration. The overarching purposes of this study were to understand the perceptions, self-reflection, self-understanding and educational growth of graduate students in education toward teaching and learning in a virtual interdisciplinary curriculum. Data was collected in two education graduate courses with a total of 31 participants in 2011 at a central Texas public university. The results revealed how SL exhibitions, based on the four-step currere approach, benefitted the participants. Using the exhibitions' target knowledge, individuals were able to develop a self-understanding, which propelled them toward self-mobilization and educational reconstruction.

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