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Jacka, L 2015, 'Virtual worlds in pre-service teacher education : the introduction of virtual worlds in pre-service teacher education to foster innovative teaching-learning processes', PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

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Few pre-service teacher education programs have integrated virtual worlds despite their capacity to provide a platform upon which new forms of teaching and learning can be explored. This research identified factors that influence the level of readiness of pre-service teacher educators and students to introduce, develop and support innovative teaching-learning processes using Virtual Worlds. Over three years Second Life and Sim-on-a-Stick were introduced in a School of Education and the perceptions, experiences, motivations and barriers of the participants were documented. A model was developed to assist pre-service teacher educators in the integration of virtual worlds in higher education.