Using computers to evaluate teachers' understanding of physics concepts
Ali Reza Rezaei, California State University, Long Beach, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Misconceptions are not limited to students. They are also very common among teachers (Kruger, Palacio, and Summers, 1992). According to Mestre (1994) some significant changes in teacher education programs are necessary. Therefore, there is an urgent need to investigate teachers' misconceptions in science targeting the concepts that they are supposed to teach in the future. The author believes that the best way to evaluate teachers' misconception is to develop more conceptual tests similar to FCI. However, there are many scientific conceptions that could not easily be evaluated with paper-pencil tests such as FCI. In an attempt to make a more sophisticated evaluation and instructional tool the author has developed an instructional model (Inventive Model) and a physics CD and an on-line physics course based on the model. Using such multimedia and/or Internet tool with sophisticated interactive simulations to investigate teachers' misconceptions is considered to be very important and an eye opener in the area of science education.
Rezaei, A.R. (2002). Using computers to evaluate teachers' understanding of physics concepts. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1631-1636). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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