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written by Carl E. Wieman, Wendy K. Adams, and Katherine 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.
Science: Volume 322, Issue 5902, Pages 682-683
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C. Wieman, W. Adams, and K. Perkins, PhET Research: Simulations That Enhance Learning, Science 322 (5902), 682 (2008), <>.
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Wieman, C., Adams, W., & Perkins, K. (2008, October 31). PhET Research: Simulations That Enhance Learning. Science, 322(5902), 682-683. Retrieved July 24, 2024, from
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Wieman, C, W. Adams, and K. Perkins. "PhET Research: Simulations That Enhance Learning." Science. 322, no. 5902, (October 31, 2008): 682-683, (accessed 24 July 2024).
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Wieman, Carl, Wendy Adams, and Katherine Perkins. "PhET Research: Simulations That Enhance Learning." Science 322.5902 (2008): 682-683. 24 July 2024 <>.
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