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Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching with Computer Simulations in Science Education PROCEEDINGS

, , , University of Twente, Netherlands

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

For this study we interviewed 24 physics teachers about their opinions on teaching with computer simulations. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether it is possible to distinguish different types of teaching approaches. Our results indicate the existence of two types. The first type is characterized by infrequent use of computer simulations; teacher opinions about teaching with computer simulations with a quick win character; and the purpose to merely use simulations to enhance traditional instruction. The second type can be characterized by frequent simulation use in teaching; nuanced teacher opinions; and the purpose to have enhancements of traditional instruction be accompanied by teaching approaches with an innovative character.

Citation

Rutten, N., van der Veen, J.T. & van Joolingen, W.R. (2013). Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching with Computer Simulations in Science Education. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2941-2944). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 23, 2017 from .