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Essential knowledge for academic performance: Educating in the virtual world to promote active learning

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Education has traditionally focused on the importance of content, and has guided curriculum design according to this principle. While content knowledge is important, to excel in the labor market today graduates need to develop procedural knowledge, with greater emphasis on capacity development for transferable skills. This need is amplified by emergent technologies, which increase the demand to develop knowledge in this domain. To disentangle and measure the impact of content and procedural knowledge on academic achievement, the study occurred in a virtual setting. Based on the findings, we provide recommendations for course designers and course developers to improve students" performance.

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  • Virtual worlds, Procedural knowledge, Content knowledge, Teaching, Educational development, Educational design, Second life, COMPUTER-SIMULATIONS, 2ND LIFE, TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE, FUTURE, GAMES, SKILL, MATHEMATICS, EXPERTISE, TEACHERS
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-234
Number of pages18
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014