Development of a virtual reality simulation for practitioners

Simpson, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-6853-6133, Haider, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9333-8240 and Giddings, L., 2023. Development of a virtual reality simulation for practitioners. Journal of Social Work Education. ISSN 1043-7797

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Within social work education there has been extensive interest and use of simulation for learning purposes. In recent years, this interest has broadened to the use of Virtual Reality Simulation (VRS) for teaching because of the benefits that include a safe environment in which to learn, flexibility and self-efficacy. Several examples of VRS have been developed that range from specifically designed computer-based programs through to Google Cardboard VR. While such efforts are to be lauded, what is missing is a deliberate attempt to build on the knowledge of such developments. This article will detail the creation and implementation of a VRS with Social Work and Early Help practitioners, but unlike previous examples, the study builds on the practitioners’ sense of presence and reality. In doing so, it was found that the practitioners’ practice experience and knowledge influenced their perception of the VRS. This finding has significant implications for the development of VRS for social work, in particular showing that there is a need to make a distinction between students and practitioners, and to appreciate that learners are not passive beings.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Social Work Education
Creators: Simpson, J., Haider, S. and Giddings, L.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 25 September 2023
ISSN: 1043-7797
Rights: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Nov 2023 11:06
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 11:06

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