Bridging the theory-practice gap in teacher education: The design and construction of simulation-based learning environments

  • Karen De ConinckEmail author
  • Martin Valcke
  • Ine Ophalvens
  • Ruben Vanderlinde


Clinical simulations have recently been presented as a promising instructional strategy to overcome the theory-practice gap in teacher education. Taking this into account, this chapter aims to enhance insight into the core ideas underlying the design and construction of simulation-based learning environments. For this purpose, this chapter first presents a general design framework. Next, the construction process and two prototypes of simulation-based learning environments in the context of parent-teacher communication — an online and a face-to-face prototype — are described.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen De Coninck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martin Valcke
    • 1
  • Ine Ophalvens
    • 1
  • Ruben Vanderlinde
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational StudiesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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