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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Noah D. Finkelstein, Wendy K. Adams, C. J. Keller, Patrick B. Kohl , Katherine K. Perkins, Noah S. Podolefsky, Sam Reid, and Ron LeMaster
This paper examines the effects of substituting a computer simulation for real laboratory equipment in the second semester of a large-scale introductory physics course. The direct current circuit laboratory was modified to compare the effects of using computer simulations with the effects of using real light bulbs, meters, and wires. Two groups of students, those who used real equipment and those who used a computer simulation that explicitly modeled electron flow, were compared in terms of their mastery of physics concepts and skills with real equipment. Students who used the simulated equipment outperformed their counterparts both on a conceptual survey of the domain and in the coordinated tasks of assembling a real circuit and describing how it worked.
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Education - Applied Research
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- Instructional Material Design
- Technology
= Computers
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
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- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2006 American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.1.010103
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.50.Ht
Keywords:
cirucuit simulations, instructional method, instructional technology, pedagogy, phet, physics education research, virtual laboratory
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Metadata instance created August 22, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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July 13, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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N. Finkelstein, W. Adams, C. Keller, P. Kohl, K. Perkins, N. Podolefsky, S. Reid, and R. LeMaster, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 1 (1), (2006), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.1.010103).
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N. Finkelstein, W. Adams, C. Keller, P. Kohl, K. Perkins, N. Podolefsky, S. Reid, and R. LeMaster, When learning about the real world is better done virtually: A study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 1 (1), (2006), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.1.010103>.
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Finkelstein, N., Adams, W., Keller, C., Kohl, P., Perkins, K., Podolefsky, N., Reid, S., & LeMaster, R. (2005, October 6). When learning about the real world is better done virtually: A study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 1(1). Retrieved August 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.1.010103
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Finkelstein, N, W. Adams, C. Keller, P. Kohl, K. Perkins, N. Podolefsky, S. Reid, and R. LeMaster. "When learning about the real world is better done virtually: A study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 1, no. 1, (October 6, 2005), http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.1.010103 (accessed 28 August 2014).
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Finkelstein, Noah, Wendy Adams, C. J. Keller, Patrick B. Kohl, Katherine Perkins, Noah S. Podolefsky, Sam Reid, and Ron LeMaster. "When learning about the real world is better done virtually: A study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 1.1 (2006). 28 Aug. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.1.010103>.
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