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written by C. J. Keller, Noah D. Finkelstein, Katherine K. Perkins, and Steven J. Pollock
We present two studies documenting the effectiveness of the use of a computer simulation with Tutorials in Introductory Physics in a transformed college physics course. An interactive computer simulation, entitled the Circuit Construction Kit (CCK), was introduced to investigate its possible impact on students' conceptual understanding. The first study compared students using either CCK or real laboratory equipment to complete two Tutorials on DC circuits. The second study investigated the impact of the simulation's explicit representation for visualizing current flow by removing this feature for a subset of students. In the first study, students using CCK with Tutorials performed slightly better on measures of conceptual understanding compared to real equipment, as measured by exam performance soon after the intervention. In the second study, students using CCK with and without the explicit visualization of current performed similarly to students using real equipment, though on some specific questions we note significant variation in student performance. We discuss the implications of adding (or removing) such representations within computer simulations.
Physics Education Research Conference 2005
Part of the PER Conference series
Salt Lake City, Utah: August 10-11, 2005
Volume 818, Pages 109-112
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
- Technology
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Communication
= Representations
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2005 American Institute of Physics
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10.1063/1.2177035
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Keywords:
PERC 2005, Tutorials, computer aided analysis, educational courses, intelligent tutoring systems, interactive computer simulation, representations
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C. Keller, N. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, and S. Pollock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8939&DocID=2838).
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C. Keller, N. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, and S. Pollock, Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics in Undergraduate Physics Recitations, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8939&DocID=2838>.
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Keller, C., Finkelstein, N., Perkins, K., & Pollock, S. (2005, August 10-11). Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics in Undergraduate Physics Recitations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8939&DocID=2838
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Keller, C, N. Finkelstein, K. Perkins, and S. Pollock. "Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics in Undergraduate Physics Recitations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 10-11, 2005. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8939&DocID=2838 (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Keller, C. J., Noah Finkelstein, Katherine Perkins, and Steven Pollock. "Assessing the Effectiveness of a Computer Simulation in Conjunction with Tutorials in Introductory Physics in Undergraduate Physics Recitations." Physics Education Research Conference 2005. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2005. 109-112 Vol. 818 of PER Conference. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8939&DocID=2838>.
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