Thursday, June 25
2:45 PM-3:45 PM

One Approach to Finding Evidence for the Effectiveness of Scientific Visualisations in High School Physics and Chemistry Education

Brief Paper: Other ID: 26531
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    David Geelan
    The University of Queensland
  2. Michelle Mukherjee
    The University of Queensland

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.

Presider: Deborah Sauder, Georgia Gwinnett College


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