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Effect of Inquiry-Based Computer Simulation Modeling on Pre-service Teachers’ Understanding of Homeostasis and their Perceptions of Design Features
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, University of Virginia, United States ; , Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States ; , , University of Virginia, United States

JCMST Volume 35, Number 3, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This study investigated the effect of an inquiry-based computer simulation modeling (ICoSM) instructional approach on pre-service science teachers’ understanding of homeostasis and its related concepts, and their perceived design features of the ICoSM and simulation that enhanced their conceptual understanding of these concepts. Fifty pre-service teachers participated in this study. A pre-posttest design was used to compare participants’ understanding of homeostasis concepts before and after their interaction with the ICoSM. A perception survey was used to determine participants’ perceived design features of the ICoSM and simulation that enhanced their conceptual understanding. Results show that ICoSM approach enhanced pre-service teachers’ conceptual understanding of homeostasis and its related concepts. The ICoSM design features that enhanced their understanding of homoeostasis were systematic lesson progression/cycle, context for knowledge generation, cause-and-effect investigations, and data gathering tools. The homeostasis simulation design features that enhanced their understanding included interactive and animated representations, data gathering tool, variable manipulation, and knowledge generation tool. These results have implications on science teaching and learning, computer simulation design, research, and teacher education. Key Words: Computer simulation, homeostasis, inquiry, modeling, understanding, pre-service teachers

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Chabalengula, V., Fateen, R., Mumba, F. & Ochs, L.K. (2016). Effect of Inquiry-Based Computer Simulation Modeling on Pre-service Teachers’ Understanding of Homeostasis and their Perceptions of Design Features. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 35(3), 225-248. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 4, 2022 from .

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