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Digital Practice Spaces and Clinical Practice in Teacher Preparation: Current Uses and Future Possibilities

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This paper explores how the use of digital practice spaces can inform teacher preparation through a reimagining of clinical practice in teacher preparation by addressing the question: what roles do digital practice spaces play in the ecology of apprenticeship opportunities for future educators? AACTE’s Essential Proclamations and Tenets for Highly Effective Clinical Educator Preparation were utilized as an organizational grammar. We discuss the proclamations we saw as directly aligned with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical underpinnings of digital practice spaces. We then examine the remaining proclamations that represent the horizons of digital practice spaces within teacher preparation, a task we undertake as a set of informed provocations, envisioning how simulations could be designed to support the proclamations not currently supported.