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One approach to finding evidence for the effectiveness of scientific visualisations in high school physics and chemistry education

Geelan, David & Mukherjee, Michelle (2009) One approach to finding evidence for the effectiveness of scientific visualisations in high school physics and chemistry education. In Siemens, George & Fulford, Catherine (Eds.) Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, AACE, Sheraton Waikiki Beach Resort, Honolulu, pp. 3258-3263.

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Abstract

Enormous amounts of money and energy are being devoted to the development, use and organisation of computer-based scientific visualisations (e.g. animations and simulations) in science education. It seems plausible that visualisations that enable students to gain visual access to scientific phenomena that are too large, too small or occur too quickly or too slowly to be seen by the naked eye, or to scientific concepts and models, would yield enhanced conceptual learning. When the literature is searched, however, it quickly becomes apparent that there is a dearth of quantitative evidence for the effectiveness of scientific visualisations in enhancing students’ learning of science concepts. This paper outlines an Australian project that is using innovative research methodology to gather evidence on this question in physics and chemistry classrooms.

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ID Code: 46634
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: visualisations, physics, chemistry, conceptual development
ISBN: 1880094738
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 2009 David Geelan & Michelle Mukherjee
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2011 07:32
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 23:54

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