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dc.contributor.authorNaude, L.
dc.contributor.authorBotha, A.
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-26T08:10:50Z
dc.date.available2018-06-26T08:10:50Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationNaude, L., & Botha, A. 2017. It’s a virtual child!: postgraduate students’ experiences in a developmental psychology class. Perspectives in Education, 35(1), 54-65.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0258-2236 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2519-593X (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18820/2519593X/pie.v35i1.5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/8630
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to explore postgraduate psychology students’ development, as facilitated by the use of an interactive web-based simulation programme, My Virtual Child©. A social constructivist developmental approach, with specific focus on cognitive development towards self-authorship, served as the overarching framework for the study. Participants included postgraduate students enrolled in a developmental psychology module. Multiple sources of data, such as reflective exercises, summative portfolio assignments and a focus group, were analysed using thematic analysis. Participants indicated that the My Virtual Child© programme provided them with an excellent opportunity for authentic, relevant and challenging learning experiences, whilst balancing theory and practice. Furthermore, it provided room for deliberate reflective activities, group interaction and the integration of a diversity of experiences. This programme therefore created a practical and pragmatic teaching environment for more engaging and theoretically rich learning, preparing students for self-authorship in a complex world.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of Education, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectCognitive developmenten_ZA
dc.subjectConstructivist developmental approachesen_ZA
dc.subjectInterpersonal and intrapersonal competenceen_ZA
dc.subjectSelf-authorshipen_ZA
dc.titleIt’s a virtual child!: postgraduate students’ experiences in a developmental psychology classen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of Education, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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