Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching with Computer Simulations in Science Education

Nico Rutten, Jan T. van der Veen, Wouter R. van Joolingen

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Abstract

For this study we interviewed 24 physics teachers about their opinions on teaching with computer simulations. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether it is possible to distinguish different types of teaching approaches. Our results indicate the existence of two types. The first type is characterized by infrequent use of computer simulations; teacher opinions about teaching with computer simulations with a quick win character; and the purpose to merely use simulations to enhance traditional instruction. The second type can be characterized by frequent simulation use in teaching; nuanced teacher opinions; and the purpose to have enhancements of traditional instruction be accompanied by teaching approaches with an innovative character.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference(SITE)2013:1
EditorsRon McBride, Michael Searson
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Pages2941-2944
ISBN (Print)978-1-939797-02-5
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2013
EventSociety for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, New Orleans, USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference(SITE)2013:1 - New Orleans, Chesapeake, VA
Duration: 26 Mar 201329 Mar 2013

Conference

ConferenceSociety for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, New Orleans, USA
CityChesapeake, VA
Period26/03/1329/03/13
Other26-03-2013 - 29-03-2013

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