Share Paper: Could simulations replace physical manipulatives in early science education?

  1. Zacharias Zacharia, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  2. Marios Papaevripidou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  3. Ivoni Pavlou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Thursday, July 11 2:00-2:30 PM Room 122

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of the use of simulations and the use of physical manipulatives on kindergarten students’ science learning during experimentation. According to the embodied cognition and additional (touch) sensory channel theories, touch sensory input could enhance the construction of knowledge. On the other hand, empirical research on simulation based learning has provided evidence showing that the use of PM, and thus touch sensory input, is not always a prerequisite for learning. In order to investigate whether simulations or PM are required for enhancing student science learning, we selected three science domains and ...