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The Experience of Simulation and the Perception of Preparedness of Developmental Service Worker Students to Practice in Field Placement

Abstract: The field of Developmental Services (DS), specifically community based services for persons with developmental disabilities, is a relatively new field of study and practice. Simulation has been effectively used in other disciplines to create learner-centered activities designed to motivate students and deepen their learning experience. Students have the opportunity to engage in role play that simulates real problems requiring them to practice their skills in an authentic way. Students have described the simulation as a teaching technique to be more beneficial than the traditional lecture pertaining to abstract theoretical descriptions of roles and problems (Prinsen & Overton, 2011). There is a paucity of research in the pedagogy of learning applicable to the Developmental Services field in general. Specifically, there is little research on the effectiveness of the use of simulation in teaching support skills in the Developmental Services field.

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Last Updated: June 17, 2015