Using Virtual Reality Simulations as a Research Tool to Study Empathy, Problem Solving, and Perspective

Thursday, 3 August, 8:30 - 9 am
Room 156

Simulations in virtual environments are becoming an important research tool for educators. They can be used in variety of areas, from the study of emotions and psychological disorders to more effective training. This study uses animated narrative vignette simulation technology to observe a classroom situation: a low-level aggressive peer-to-peer victim dyad. Participants were asked to respond to this situation as if they were the teacher. Their responses were 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.

Sharon Tettegah
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
stettega (at)

Simon Meistninkas
Kona Taylor
Eun Won Whang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign