Investigating an Intervention to Support Computer Simulation Use in Whole-Class Teaching

N.P.G. Rutten, Jan T. van der Veen, Wouter van Joolingen

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Abstract

Going beyond simply measuring the effectiveness of a teaching approach with computer simulations during whole-class science instruction, we investigated the interaction between teachers and their students as well as searched for mechanisms in the pedagogical context related to teachers' implementation of the intervention. Our quasi-experimental design involved having five teachers teach Newtonian mechanics with computer simulations to parallel classes of their upper secondary students, in an Accustomed condition and a Peer Instruction condition. We investigated the pedagogical interaction between teachers and their students, which was expected to be affected by the intervention’s performance support for the teacher as well by the teacher’s learning support for the students. Learning effects as revealed by gains from pretest to posttest to delayed posttest did not consistently favor either condition. Identified mechanisms occurring in the pedagogical context that could explain our findings include: teacher’s sense of ownership of the lesson, familiarity with the intervention conditions, and rivalry with the researcher’s approach. Suggestions for future research related to these mechanisms are offered
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2015
Event16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015: Towards a reflective society: synergies between learning, teaching and research - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 25 Aug 201529 Aug 2015
Conference number: 16

Conference

Conference16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015
Abbreviated titleEARLI
CountryCyprus
CityLimassol
Period25/08/1529/08/15

Keywords

  • IR-99411
  • METIS-315812

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    Rutten, N. P. G., van der Veen, J. T., & van Joolingen, W. (2015). Investigating an Intervention to Support Computer Simulation Use in Whole-Class Teaching. Paper presented at 16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015, Limassol, Cyprus.