Carl E. Wieman,
Wendy K. Adams, and
Katherine K. Perkins
This item is a 2008 article in Science magazine that highlights research done by the Physics Education Technology Project on how students use interactive simulations to meet their learning needs. The article discusses research by the PhET project on the design and use of simulations in a variety of educational settings. Results indicate that concept mastery is measurably improved when students explore simulations in addition to traditional labs. In addition, use of simulations was correlated with higher student motivation and active involvement in the learning process.
The PhET project provides technology-based resources and information for physics education, most notably, simulations on a wide range of topics. The simulations are developed in conjunction with careful research to enhance their effectiveness as learning tools.
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February 10, 2009
by Caroline Hall
July 8, 2010
by Lyle Barbato
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October 31, 2008
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy Unit Title: Teaching About Waves and Wave Energy
A must-read article from Science magazine, this item summarizes the research efforts of the PhET project on the use of interactive simulations in the physics classroom. Results indicate that concept mastery is measurably improved when students explore simulated physical processes in addition to traditional labs. Use of simulations was also correlated to higher student motivation and active involvement in the learning process.
C. Wieman, W. Adams, and K. Perkins, PhET Research: Simulations That Enhance Learning Science 322 (5902), 682 (2008), <http://phet.colorado.edu/publications/PhET_Simulations_That_Enhance_Learning.pdf>.
Wieman, C., Adams, W., & Perkins, K. (2008, October 31). PhET Research: Simulations That Enhance Learning. Science, 322(5902), 682-683. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://phet.colorado.edu/publications/PhET_Simulations_That_Enhance_Learning.pdf
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