The Importance of Integrating Active Listening Skills during Parent-Teacher Conferences in a Simulated Environment
Kate D. Simmons, PhD; Carrie Hemmings, PhD;

Abstract
Over half of current teachers do not feel prepared to hold effective parent-teacher conferences. One way to prepare teacher candidates for difficult conversations is through live and virtual environment simulations. This study explores the use of virtual simulations in enhancing active listening skills among four undergraduate teacher candidates at a large rural southeastern university. Results indicated that participants felt they were more capable of managing an upset parent and more confident in employing active listening skills as a result of the live simulations.


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