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Adams, Helen M.; Russ, John C. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1992
A unit of study for gifted fourth and fifth graders is described on the subject of mathematical periodicity and chaos and the underlying physical processes which produce these phenomena. Hands-on activities, data analysis tools and computer aids are used for instruction in simple periodic motion (pendulum), complex superposition of motions…
Descriptors: Chaos Theory, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Fractals
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Arce, Pedro – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1994
Addresses the problem of the effectiveness of teaching methodologies on fundamental engineering courses such as transport phenomena. Recommends the colloquial approach, an active learning strategy, to increase student involvement in the learning process. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Strategies
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Horwitz, Paul; Barowy, Bill – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1994
Describes a project that explores the use of interactive computer software for teaching Einstein's special theory of relativity to secondary students. Also describes ways to use computers to help students visualize and experiment with otherwise inaccessible phenomena. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Concept Formation
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Richards, John; And Others – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1992
Explorer is an interactive environment based on a constructivist epistemology of learning that integrates animated computer models with analytic capabilities for learning science. The system includes graphs, a spreadsheet, scripting, and interactive tools. Two examples involving the dynamics of colliding objects and electric circuits illustrate…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Software Evaluation
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Weiss, Thomas F.; And Others – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1992
Describes a software library developed to teach biophysics and physiology undergraduates that includes software on (1) the Hodgkin-Huxley model for excitation of action potentials in electrically excitable cells; (2) a random-walk model of diffusion; (3) single voltage-gated ion channels; (4) steady-state chemically mediated transport; and (5)…
Descriptors: Biophysics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Educational Technology
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Tinker, Robert F. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1992
Analyzes the applicability to mathematics and science education of geographic information systems. Gives examples of possible applications involving aerosol detection in the atmosphere, verification of satellite images, and the Kidnet Project. Sketches out a research agenda and describes needed characteristics of the software when applied to…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Gorodetsky, Malka; And Others – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1994
Examines the impact of using the Macintosh-based knowledge organization tool, SemNet, with prospective elementary and middle school teachers enrolled in an upper division biology course. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Biology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Education