Developing key concepts in physics : Is it more effective to teach using scientific visualizations?

Geelan, David, Mukherjee, Michelle, & Martin, Brian G. (2012) Developing key concepts in physics : Is it more effective to teach using scientific visualizations? Teaching Science-the Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 58(2), pp. 33-36.

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A quantitative, quasi-experimental study of the effectiveness of computer-based scientific visualizations for concept learning on the part of Year 11 physics students (n=80) was conducted in six Queensland high school classrooms. Students’ gender and academic ability were also considered as factors in relation to the effectiveness of teaching with visualizations. Learning with visualizations was found to be equally effective as learning without them for all students, with no statistically significant difference in outcomes being observed for the group as a whole or on the academic ability dimension. Male students were found to learn significantly better with visualizations than without, while no such effect was observed for female students. This may give rise to some concern for the equity issues raised by introducing visualizations. Given that other research shows that students enjoy learning with visualizations and that their engagement with learning is enhanced, the finding that the learning outcomes are the same as for teaching without visualizations supports teachers’ use of visualizations.

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ID Code: 52888
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: visualization, physics, concepts
ISSN: 1839-2946 (online) 1449-6313 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > CLASSICAL PHYSICS (020300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Science Teacher's Association
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2012 04:18
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 22:23

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