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Examining the Use of PhET Interactive Simulations in US College and High School Classrooms
written by Katherine K. Perkins, Emily B. Moore, and Stephanie V. Chasteen
A growing number of K12 and college educators are using the collection of interactive simulations developed by the PhET Interactive Simulations project at University of Colorado Boulder. The design of each simulation seeks to support educators in achieving a range of pedagogical goals through implicit scaffolding. To decrease barriers to adoption, the simulations are designed for flexible use, available free of charge, and usable across platforms. The resulting simulations are compatible with diverse learning goals, implementation contexts, pedagogical approaches, grade levels, and learners. While website statistics establish that over 45 million simulations are run per year, these statistics provide little information about who uses the simulations and how they are being used. Here we report on analysis of responses to a large-scale, self-report survey from 1,233 high school and 276 college educators who are using PhET in their physics instruction, to provide insight into who uses PhET simulations, with which populations of students, towards what pedagogical goals, and with what instructional approaches. We found that new and experienced teachers use simulations, with diverse student populations, and to support a wide range of pedagogical goals. The responding high school and college educators were found to be similar in the goals they intended use of PhET simulations to support (for example, to develop conceptual goals, and to conduct science inquiry), but differed in their instructional approaches.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 207-210
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- Lower Undergraduate
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.048
NSF Numbers:
1020362
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PACSs:
01.50.H-
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Keywords:
Education Technology, Game, PERC 2014, Physics Education, Undergraduate
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Metadata instance created April 24, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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April 26, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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K. Perkins, E. Moore, and S. Chasteen, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13484&DocID=4083).
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K. Perkins, E. Moore, and S. Chasteen, Examining the Use of PhET Interactive Simulations in US College and High School Classrooms, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13484&DocID=4083>.
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Perkins, K., Moore, E., & Chasteen, S. (2014, July 30-31). Examining the Use of PhET Interactive Simulations in US College and High School Classrooms. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13484&DocID=4083
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Perkins, K, E. Moore, and S. Chasteen. "Examining the Use of PhET Interactive Simulations in US College and High School Classrooms." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13484&DocID=4083 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Perkins, Katherine, Emily Moore, and Stephanie Chasteen. "Examining the Use of PhET Interactive Simulations in US College and High School Classrooms." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 207-210 of PER Conference. 16 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13484&DocID=4083>.
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