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Using Online Simulations to Enhance Preservice Teacher Understanding of Science Concepts
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, University of North Texas, United States ; , Midwestern State University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This case study describes the use of online simulations to make science concepts, particularly the interpretation of graphic representations, more accessible for preservice elementary and middle school teachers. Initially, students described the online simulation activities as "extra work" and did not see the activities as another way to study content in a more realistic context. Later, after using simulations alone, with small groups and/or the professor, some students described online simulations as a study tool, not an extra assignment. One of the benefits derived from using online simulations to help students understand science concepts is that the professor is essentially teaching and/or modeling science content concepts and science pedagogical concepts at the same time.

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Lunce, L. & Bailey, B. (2007). Using Online Simulations to Enhance Preservice Teacher Understanding of Science Concepts. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2892-2899). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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