Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 129–141 | Cite as

From Medicine to Teaching: The Evolution of the Simulated Interaction Model

  • Benjamin H. DotgerEmail author
  • Sharon C. Dotger
  • Michael J. Maher


Medical education institutions frequently simulate interactions between future health professionals and standardized patients. This manuscript describes a partnership between a teacher preparation institution and a nearby medical institution, outlining specific procedures associated with the use of standardized parents, students, and paraprofessionals in helping future teachers and school leaders navigate common problems of practice. Implications center on the potential of this pedagogy to help bridge the gap between teacher preparation and practice as well as the applicability of this pedagogical approach to other higher education professional preparation programs.

Key words

standardized patient standardized parent simulated interaction parent–teacher communication situated cognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin H. Dotger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sharon C. Dotger
    • 2
  • Michael J. Maher
    • 3
  1. 1.Teaching and LeadershipSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Teaching and Leadership, Science TeachingSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  3. 3.College of EducationNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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