Virtual worlds as restorative environments

Jones, Janice K. and Farley, Helen and Murphy, Angela (2018) Virtual worlds as restorative environments. In: Authentic virtual world education: facilitating cultural engagement and creativity. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 45-59. ISBN 978-981-10-6381-7


The overpopulation of our planet creates pressures, not only upon natural and human-created environments, but also upon human well-being. Responding to the Australian government’s focus upon education as a means for improved health, well-being and economic competitiveness, schools and universities strive to embed environmental sustainability and creativity in a crowded curriculum. The use of virtual worlds as restorative environments may help to realise this vision, which is shared by other nations with technologically rich, but time-poor and urbanised societies. This chapter draws upon the final stage of a three-stage study into pre-service teachers’ perceptions of personal well-being, sense of belonging, social connectedness and personal creativity and engagement. It considers how these senses were impacted by participants’ immersive experiences in a natural-seeming virtual world environment in Second Life and in their comparative experience in a formal garden setting. Findings suggest that Second
Life may serve as a restorative environment if participants are sufficiently familiar with the user interface and virtual world environment.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018. Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 00:07
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 05:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: restorative environments, wellbeing, teacher education, creativity, The Arts, second life, natural environments, globalisation, immersion, virtual worlds
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-6382-4_4

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