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Measuring the effectiveness of computer-based scientific visualisations for conceptual development in Australian chemistry classrooms

Geelan, David & Mukherjee, Michelle (2010) Measuring the effectiveness of computer-based scientific visualisations for conceptual development in Australian chemistry classrooms. In Abas, Zoraini Wati, Jung, Insung, & Luca, Joseph (Eds.) Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010, AACE, Parkroyal Hotel, Penang, pp. 3536-3545.

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Abstract

Visual modes of representation have always been very important in science and science education. Interactive computer-based animations and simulations offer new visual resources for chemistry education. Many studies have shown that students enjoy learning with visualisations but few have explored how learning outcomes compare when teaching with or without visualisations. This study employs a quasi-experimental crossover research design and quantitative methods to measure the educational effectiveness - defined as level of conceptual development on the part of students - of using computer-based scientific visualisations versus teaching without visualisations in teaching chemistry. In addition to finding that teaching with visualisations offered outcomes that were not significantly different from teaching without visualisations, the study also explored differences in outcomes for male and female students, students with different learning styles (visual, aural, kinesthetic) and students of differing levels of academic ability.

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ID Code: 46619
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: visualisation, chemistry, conceptual development
ISBN: 1880094797
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 David Geelan & Michelle Mukherjee
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2011 08:42
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 08:33

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