Clinical Simulations as Signature Pedagogy

Clinical Simulations as Signature Pedagogy Educator Preparation Across the Disciplines

Edited by Benjamin H. Dotger and Kelly Chandler-Olcott
paper, 208 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-705-3
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Pub. Date: March 2022
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Clinical Simulations as Signature Pedagogy explores the use of live-actor simulations as an engaging training tool to better prepare educational professionals for school-wide challenges. In this volume, editors Benjamin H. Dotger and Kelly Chandler-Olcott present a persuasive overview of this effective method of professional development and show how it resonates with other practice-based initiatives.


Dotger and Chandler-Olcott’s book invites readers into the fascinating world of clinical simulations as a creative and innovative approach to supporting novice educators’ learning through practice. With commitments to K–12 students at its heart, this volume provides richly contextualized, research grounded, and inventive illustrations of how teacher and counselor educators can draw on simulations to enrich their pedagogies and programs. — Elizabeth Dutro, professor of education, University of Colorado Boulder

This important book demonstrates clinical simulations’ potential to transform how we prepare educators. The collection of chapters shows how faculty can integrate this groundbreaking pedagogy into their current programs. Moreover, it exemplifies clinical simulations’ unique power to engage future educators in many essential but otherwise hidden aspects of teachers’ work. Read this book to see what educator preparation can be. — Joan Walker, associate professor of education, Pace University

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About the Editors

Benjamin Dotger, PhD, is a professor in the Teaching & Leadership Department at Syracuse University. He teaches education foundations courses to secondary and K–12 teacher candidates, coordinates the teaching and curriculum master’s program, and directs clinical simulation design and implementation efforts between the School of Education and SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Clinical Skills Center. His scholarship centers on the design and study of clinical simulations within and across educator preparation disciplines, with emphasis on identity formation, discipline-specific practices, and physiological responses. This work has been supported by numerous federal and private foundations, including the Spencer Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute for Educational Sciences.

Kelly Chandler-Olcott, EdD, is Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in the Reading & Language Arts Department, and the interim dean of the School of Education, at Syracuse University. She teaches literacy methods courses to secondary and K–12 education majors and coordinates undergraduate and master’s programs in English education. Her design-based research focuses on teaching literacy across the disciplines in diverse, inclusive classrooms, and she has coedited the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy since 2015. Her awareness of the potential for clinical simulations in teacher education was heightened by cofacilitating a faculty study group on that topic for several years with Benjamin Dotger.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

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