The Simulations in Teacher Education Conference (NSF Grant #1813476) was facilitated by ETS and the University of Central Florida in February 2019, and was aimed toward building a research and development agenda for examining the role of simulations in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education. The conference was structured to provide opportunities for attendees to share their current research, theoretical models, conceptual views, and use cases focused on the design and use of simulations for building and assessing K–12 science and mathematics teachers’ competencies.
Watch the Stem for All Video Showcase to see photos and video from the conference.
The conference was organized around several major goals, including:
- defining how simulations (technologically mediated and face-to-face formats) are conceptualized, operationalized and utilized in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education
- documenting and determining the challenges of the varied contexts, audiences and purposes for which simulations are used in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education
- making explicit the theories of action and conceptual views supporting the simulation models being used in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education
- determining implications of the current research and development work in this space and establishing an agenda for studying the use of simulations in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education