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written by Noah D. Finkelstein, Katherine K. Perkins, Steven J. Pollock, and C. J. Keller
We present studies documenting the effectiveness of using a computer simulation, specifically the Circuit Construction Kit (CCK) developed as part of the Physics Education Technology Project (PhET), in two environments: an interactive college lecture and an inquiry-based laboratory. In the first study conducted in lecture, we compared students viewing CCK to viewing a traditional demonstration during Peer Instruction. Students viewing CCK had a 47% larger relative gain (11% absolute gain) on measures of conceptual understanding compared to traditional demonstrations. These results led us to study the impact of the simulation's explicit representation for visualizing current flow in a laboratory environment, where we removed this feature for a subset of students. Students using CCK with or without the explicit visualization of current performed similarly to each other on common exam questions. Although the majority of students in both groups favored the use of CCK over real circuit equipment, the students who used CCK without the explicit current model favored the simulation more than the other group.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 121-124
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508707
NSF Numbers:
0442841
0410744
0448176
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.50.ht
01.50.Lc
Keywords:
CCK, Circuit Construction Kit, PERC 2006, computer aided analysis, computer aided instruction, educational aids, teaching methods
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Metadata instance created June 4, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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N. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, S. Pollock, and C. Keller, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5272&DocID=2120).
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N. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, S. Pollock, and C. Keller, Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Introductory Undergraduate Environments presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5272&DocID=2120>.
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Finkelstein, N., Perkins, K., Pollock, S., & Keller, C. (2006, July 26-27). Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Introductory Undergraduate Environments. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5272&DocID=2120
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Finkelstein, N, K. Perkins, S. Pollock, and C. Keller. "Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Introductory Undergraduate Environments." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5272&DocID=2120 (accessed 16 April 2014).
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Finkelstein, Noah, Katherine Perkins, Steven Pollock, and C. J. Keller. "Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Introductory Undergraduate Environments." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 121-124 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 16 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5272&DocID=2120>.
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