Promoting Reflection Through Action Learning in a 3D Virtual World

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Robert L. Sanders Ed.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: An international cooperation between educators in Australia and the US has led to a reconceptualization of the teaching of a library science course at Appalachian State University. The pedagogy of Action Learning coupled with a 3D virtual learning environment immerses students in a social constructivist learning space that incorporates and supports interaction and reflection. The intent of this study was to build a bridge between theory and practice by providing students with a tool set that promoted personal and social reflection, and created and scaffolded a community of practice. Besides, action learning is an educational process whereby the fifty graduate students experienced their own actions and experience to improve performance.

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Sanders, R.L. & McKeown, L. (2007), Promoting reflection through action learning in a 3D virtual world. International Journal of Human and Social Sciences 2(1), 50-55. Published by the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. Licensed under a Creative Commons License. (ISSN: 2010-409X) (Winter 2007) The version of record is available open access at:
Language: English
Date: 2007
action learning, action research, reflection , metacognition, virtual worlds

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