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Chu, Man-Wai; Leighton, Jacqueline P. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
Digitally simulated laboratory assessments (DSLAs) may be used to measure competencies such as problem solving and scientific inquiry because they provide an environment that allows the process of learning to be captured. These assessments provide many benefits that are superior to traditional hands-on laboratory tasks; as such, it is important to…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Science Laboratories, Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Kim, Seunghyun; Heo, Ryoun; Chung, Yeonji; Kim, Jung Min; Kwon, Michelle P.; Seo, Sung Chul; Park, Gil-Hong; Kim, Meyoung-Kon – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
A major goal of education is to help students retain as much meaningful information as possible for long periods of time. The learning process by which students acquire new knowledge and behaviors is closely related to memory, which is the core of cognition. In a previous study, we developed virtual reality visualization model (VRVM) that can be…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Metabolism, Biochemistry, Learning Processes
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Chen, Chen; Schneps, Matthew H.; Sonnert, Gerhard – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
Teachers choosing between different models to facilitate students' understanding of an abstract system must decide whether to adopt a model that is simplified and striking or one that is realistic and complex. Only recently have instructional technologies enabled teachers and learners to change presentations swiftly and to provide for learning…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education, Models
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Blikstein, Paulo; Fuhrmann, Tamar; Salehi, Shima – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
In this paper, we investigate an approach to supporting students' learning in science through a combination of physical experimentation and virtual modeling. We present a study that utilizes a scientific inquiry framework, which we call "bifocal modeling," to link student-designed experiments and computer models in real time. In this…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education, Models
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van Joolingen, W. R.; Aukes, Annika V.; Gijlers, H.; Bollen, L. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Modeling is an important approach in the teaching and learning of science. In this study, we attempt to bring modeling within the reach of young children by creating the SimSketch modeling system, which is based on freehand drawings that can be turned into simulations. This system was used by 247 children (ages ranging from 7 to 15) to create a…
Descriptors: Models, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Freehand Drawing
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Brady, Corey; Holbert, Nathan; Soylu, Firat; Novak, Michael; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
In this article, we introduce a class of constructionist learning environments that we call "Emergent Systems Sandboxes" ("ESSs"), which have served as a centerpiece of our recent work in developing curriculum to support scalable model-based learning in classroom settings. ESSs are a carefully specified form of virtual…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Educational Technology, Simulated Environment
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Xiang, Lin; Passmore, Cynthia – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
There has been increased recognition in the past decades that model-based inquiry (MBI) is a promising approach for cultivating deep understandings by helping students unite phenomena and underlying mechanisms. Although multiple technology tools have been used to improve the effectiveness of MBI, there are not enough detailed examinations of how…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Models, Case Studies
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Wilkerson-Jerde, Michelle H.; Gravel, Brian E.; Macrander, Christopher A. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Modeling and using technology are two practices of particular interest to K-12 science educators. These practices are inextricably linked among professionals, who engage in modeling activity with and across a variety of representational technologies. In this paper, we explore the practices of five sixth-grade girls as they generated models of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 6, Computer Simulation
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Khan, Samia – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Teaching science with computer simulations is a complex undertaking. This case study examines how an experienced science teacher taught chemistry using computer simulations and the impact of his teaching on his students. Classroom observations over 3 semesters, teacher interviews, and student surveys were collected. The data was analyzed for (1)…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Heuristics, Student Surveys, Chemistry
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Nilsson, Elisabet M.; Jakobsson, Anders – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
The empirical study, in this article, involved 42 students (ages 14-15), who used the urban simulation computer game SimCity 4 to create models of sustainable future cities. The aim was to explore in what ways the simulated "real" worlds provided by this game could be a potential facilitator for science learning contexts. The topic investigated is…
Descriptors: World Problems, Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Bean, Thomas E.; Sinatra, Gale M.; Schrader, P. G. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2010
The use of computer simulations as educational tools may afford the means to develop understanding of evolution as a natural, emergent, and decentralized process. However, special consideration of developmental constraints on learning may be necessary when using these technologies. Specifically, the essentialist (biological forms possess an…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Models, Evolution, Bias
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Frezzo, Dennis C.; Behrens, John T.; Mislevy, Robert J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2010
Simulation environments make it possible for science and engineering students to learn to interact with complex systems. Putting these capabilities to effective use for learning, and assessing learning, requires more than a simulation environment alone. It requires a conceptual framework for the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that are…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Computer Networks, Educational Environment, Models
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Ealy, Julie B. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1999
Evaluates first-year college students' perceptions of molecular modeling. Examines the effectiveness, integration with course content, interests, benefits, advantages, and disadvantages of molecular modeling. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Computer Simulation, Higher Education, Introductory Courses
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Barab, Sasha A.; Hay, Kenneth E.; Squire, Kurt; Barnett, Michael; Schmidt, Rae; Karrigan, Kristen; Yamagata-Lynch, Lisa; Johnson, Christine – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2000
Describes an introductory undergraduate astronomy course in which the large-lecture format was moved to one in which students were immersed in a technologically-rich, inquiry-based, participatory learning environment. Finds that virtual reality can be used effectively in regular undergraduate university courses as a tool through which students can…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education
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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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