Inquiring the effect of the experiment design tool: whose boat does it float?

Siswa Anakanda Njawa van Riesen

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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Inquiry learning can be an effective learning method, provided that students receive the right amount and type of support. For this dissertation the Experiment Design Tool was developed to support students with one of the main activities of inquiry learning; designing and conducting useful experiments that allow them to draw conclusions to their research questions.

The effects of distinct versions of the Experiment Design Tool on students’ learning gains about buoyancy and Archimedes’ principle was assessed in the studies reported in this dissertation. Special attention was paid to the influence of students’ prior knowledge about the topics, in order to study whether and how prior knowledge influences the effects of different amounts and types of support.

Results from the studies in this dissertation indicated that support that is offered to students should match their level of prior knowledge. The results provide a basis for designing guidance that aligns with students’ prior knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • de Jong, Ton, Supervisor
  • Gijlers, Hannie A., Co-Supervisor
Award date26 Oct 2018
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-4632-4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2018


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