A New Avenue for Teacher Education: Virtual Reality Intervention as a Path Towards Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety and Supporting Growth Mindsets

  • Author / Creator
    Dueck, Bryce
  • The National Institute of Mental Health reports that public speaking anxiety affects approximately 73% of the population (2016). Individuals with a fear of public speaking worry about being judged in social situations by other people (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). This is a problem if we consider public speaking to be a fundamental skill in today’s society, even more so when it comes to professions related to fields of education. Everyday teachers speak in front of students. However, some pre-service teachers lack confidence in their public speaking skills - a fear that could compromise their teaching effectiveness. Our research examined pre-service teachers’ experiences with public speaking anxiety and the potential of a three-session virtual reality intervention. When asked about what made them most anxious speaking in front of students, pre-service teachers described concerns related to their professional roles and the expectations of others. Our results showed that pre-service teachers’ public speaking anxiety was reduced following the three-session VR intervention. Furthermore, when asked about the brief VR intervention, pre-service teachers described it as being both realistic and useful. Our results are discussed within the context of potential support that could be provided to pre-service teachers.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2021
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    Master of Education
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