Teaching with simulations

Nicolaas Petrus Gerardus Rutten

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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This dissertation focuses on whole-class science teaching with computer simulations. Computer simulations display dynamic, visual representations of natural phenomena and can make a great contribution to the science classroom. Simulations can be used in multiple ways. Teachers who have an interactive whiteboard at their disposal have the opportunity to support their teaching with simulations in front of the class. It is also possible to let students work individually with simulations, in a computer room, using laptops or –more recently– tablets. However, the required planning and time are a barrier for learning with simulations individually or in small groups. Use of computer simulations in whole-class teaching and controlled primarily by the teacher has its own particular dynamics compared to the more small-scale settings. This thesis explores those dynamics in relation to control, initiative and activity. In particular, involving students in whole-class interaction around simulations is studied.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • van Joolingen, W.R., Supervisor
  • van der Veen, J.T., Co-Supervisor
Award date29 Aug 2014
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-94-0211-958-9
Electronic ISBNs978-94-0211-843-8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2014


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