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Journal of the Learning Sciences
written by Yehudit Dori and John Belcher
Educational technology supports meaningful learning and enables the presentation of spatial and dynamic images, which portray relationships among complex concepts. The Technology-Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) involves media-rich software for simulation and visualization in freshman physics carried out in a specially redesigned classroom to facilitate group interaction. These technology-based learning materials are especially useful in electromagnetism to help students conceptualize phenomena and processes. This study analyzes the effects of the unique learning environment of the TEAL project on students' cognitive and affective outcomes. The assessment of the project included examining students' conceptual understanding before and after studying electromagnetism in a media-rich environment. We also investigated the effect of this environment on students' preferences regarding the various teaching methods. As part of the project, we developed pre- and posttests consisting of conceptual questions from standardized tests, as well as questions designed to assess the effect of visualizations and experiments. The research population consisted of 811 undergraduate students. It consisted of a small- and a large-scale experimental groups and a control group. TEAL students improved their conceptual understanding of the subject matter to a significantly higher extent than their control group peers. A majority of the students in the small-scale experiment noted that they would recommend the TEAL course to fellow students, indicating the benefits of interactivity, visualization, and hands-on experiments, which the technology helped enable. In the large-scale implementation students expressed both positive and negative attitudes in the course survey.
Journal of the Learning Sciences: Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 243-279
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10.1207/s15327809jls1402_3
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active learning, electromagnetism
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Y. Dori and J. Belcher, J. Learn. Sci. 14 (2), 243 (2005), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327809jls1402_3).
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Y. Dori and J. Belcher, How Does Technology-Enabled Active Learning Affect Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of Electromagnetism Concepts?, J. Learn. Sci. 14 (2), 243 (2005), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327809jls1402_3>.
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Dori, Y., & Belcher, J. (2005). How Does Technology-Enabled Active Learning Affect Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of Electromagnetism Concepts?. J. Learn. Sci., 14(2), 243-279. Retrieved September 24, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327809jls1402_3
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Dori, Yehudit, and John Belcher. "How Does Technology-Enabled Active Learning Affect Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of Electromagnetism Concepts?." J. Learn. Sci. 14, no. 2, (2005): 243-279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327809jls1402_3 (accessed 24 September 2014).
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Dori, Yehudit, and John Belcher. "How Does Technology-Enabled Active Learning Affect Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of Electromagnetism Concepts?." J. Learn. Sci. 14.2 (2005): 243-279. 24 Sep. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327809jls1402_3>.
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