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.
|Award date||29 Aug 2014|
|Place of Publication||Enschede|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Aug 2014|