Constructing and Role-Playing Student Avatars in a Simulation of Teaching Algebra for Diverse Learners Academic Article uri icon


  • From the perspectives of Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs), this study examines the design and implementation of a simulated teaching environment in Second Life ( SL) for prospective teachers to teach algebra for diverse learners. Drawing upon the Learning-for-Use framework, the analyses provide evidence on the development of student avatars in construction and role-playing activities. The study reveals challenges, procedures, and suggestions for future simulations. This study also calls for research efforts toward preparing mathematics teachers for cultural diversity.

published proceedings

  • Urban Education

altmetric score

  • 5.792

author list (cited authors)

  • Ma, T., Brown, I. A., Kulm, G., Davis, T. J., Lewis, C. W., & Allen, G. D

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Ma, Tingting||Brown, Irving A||Kulm, Gerald||Davis, Trina J||Lewis, Chance W||Allen, G Donald

publication date

  • June 2016