A Research of the Characteristics of Thought Experiment and Empirical Test with Computer Simulation Modeling
Jen-Chin Lin, Center for General Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan., Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This research aims to explore junior high school students’ modeling processes with a computer-simulated. The research focuses on thought and empirical experiment. The research conducted a case study on 8 eighth-grade junior high school students and adopted the qualitative method. Firstly, the researcher used the integration simulation pendulum modeling software-isPM, which was evaluated with subject content, media interface and user’s attitude. Finally, the results are summarized in the followings. Students constructed their mental models with the visualization of graph, analogy and imagery in the stage of thought experiment. But they maybe blended personal experiences and intuition together, generating the alternate concepts. Students’ mental models are changeable and built in the stage of “construct models”, and their previous experiences influence their thought experiments. Students’ mental construction is affected by their reflections after the computer-simulated empirical tests.
Lin, J.C. (2010). A Research of the Characteristics of Thought Experiment and Empirical Test with Computer Simulation Modeling. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3376-3381). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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