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Using My Virtual Child in FCS Secondary Education

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Utilizing realistic computer-generated web-based scenarios, My Virtual Child (MVC) software allows students to virtually rear a child from birth through age 18. Although it has been used successfully in higher education courses, work with high-school students is nonexistent. In this exploratory study, MVC was used with a group of high school students (N 66), compared to its conventional individual application. Pretest/posttest results found statistically significant improvement of approximately one letter grade using MVC when it comes to knowledge about child rearing and parenting (from 66% to 77%). MVC was found to address the integrative element of Life-course Development from the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Body of Knowledge (BOK). MVC could be a valuable tool for FCS educators who teach family relations, dynamics, and child development.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2015

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