Using just-in-time information to support discovery learning about geometrical optics in a computer-based simulation

Casper D. Hulshof, Ton de Jong

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    Abstract

    Students encounter many obstacles during scientific discovery learning with computer-based simulations. It is hypothesized that an effective type of support, that does not interfere with the scientific discovery learning process, should be delivered on a “just-in-time” base. This study explores the effect of facilitating access to knowledge and skills through just-in-time information. An experiment was conducted in which a group of students who worked with a computer simulation on geometrical optics had access to “information tips” during learning. Performance of this group was compared with that of a group who had no access to information tips. Results showed that the first group showed a better learning gain than the second group. The implications of the results are shortly discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-94
    JournalInteractive learning environments
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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