INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN EDUCATION METHODOLOGY 2024-05-16T06:29:47+00:00 Editorial Office Open Journal Systems Qualitative Case Study on Virtual Simulations Engaging Educational Leadership Candidates in Ethical Scenarios that Positively Impacted Leadership Skills 2024-04-15T17:27:47+00:00 Dr. Aneta Walker Dr. Julie Gray Dr. Karen Evans <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this paper, the authors describe one leadership preparation program's approach to enhancing ethics and ethical decision-making by embedding high-impact practices and experiential learning opportunities for leadership candidates. The conceptual framework for this research was based on Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) and Kuh's High-Impact Practices (HIPs) to connect theory and practice through </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">practical feedback and leadership coaching</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Using </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">experiential virtual simulation experiences</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">provided</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">opportunities for</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Educational Leadership </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">candidates to apply instructional and ethical leadership practices to authentic, problem-based situations in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">an innovative online educational leadership program. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">This approach allowed faculty to offer specific growth areas to strengthen and improve aspiring school leaders' ethical decision-making practices. Furthermore, the paper discusses</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">how virtual simulation</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">enhanced candidates' transformation learning process and bridge</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">theory to practice in a virtual reality environment. </span></p> 2024-05-16T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Dr. Aneta Walker, Dr. Julie Gray, Dr. Karen Evans