Re-thinking physics teaching with web-based learning

Chandra, Vinesh & Watters, James J. (2012) Re-thinking physics teaching with web-based learning. Computers and Education, 58(1), pp. 631-640.

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There is extensive uptake of ICT in the teaching of science but more evidence is needed on how ICT impacts on the learning practice and the learning outcomes at the classroom level. In this study, a physics website (Getsmart) was developed using the cognitive apprenticeship framework for students at a high school in Australia. This website was designed to enhance students’ knowledge of concepts in physics. Reflexive pedagogies were used in the delivery learning materials in a blended learning environment. The students in the treatment group accessed the website over a 10 week period. Pre and post-test results of the treatment (N= 48) and comparison group (N=32) were compared. The MANCOVA analysis showed that the web-based learning experience benefited the students in the treatment group. It not only impacted on the learning outcomes, but qualitative data from the students suggested that it had a positive impact on their attitudes towards studying physics in a blended environment.

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ID Code: 48835
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Learning outcomes, Web-based learning, Physics, Pedagogies, High school
DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2011.09.010
ISSN: 0360-1315
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers and Education. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computers and Education, [Volume 58, Issue 1, (January 2012)]. DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2011.09.010
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2012 22:59
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 06:04

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