This article contains analysis of Microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) tools and describes one of the tool's motion detector hardware and software and the kinematics curriculum. The effectiveness of this curriculum compared to traditional college and university methods for helping students learn basic kinematics concepts has been evaluated by pre- and post-testing and by observation. There is strong evidence for significantly improved learning and retention by students who used the MBL materials, compared to those taught by lecture. These curricula allow students to take an active role in their learning and encourage them to construct physical knowledge from observation of the physical world. The curricula encourage collaborative learning by taking advantage of the fact that MBL tools present data in an immediately understandable graphical form.
Thornton, R., & Sokoloff, D. (1990, September 1). Learning Motion Concepts Using Real-time Microcomputer-based Laboratory Tools. Am. J. Phys., 58(9), 858-867. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16350
%0 Journal Article %A Thornton, Ronald %A Sokoloff, David %D September 1, 1990 %T Learning Motion Concepts Using Real-time Microcomputer-based Laboratory Tools %J Am. J. Phys. %V 58 %N 9 %P 858-867 %8 September 1, 1990 %U http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16350
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