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Facilitating Students' Understanding of Simple DC Circuits - Combining Simulation and Laboratory Work Together
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, , Educational Technology Unit, University of Turku, Finland

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Electricity is an important and challenging science topic at all school levels. Learners often have many difficulties in learning electricity. Previous attempts to overcome these difficulties have been rather one-sided, leaning only on one method at the time, and thus ineffective. As a solution, a learning environment which combines the strengths of traditional laboratory exercise and simulation working was developed. This experimental study examined if this 1) simulation-laboratory-combination environment can enhance K-12 students understanding of simple DC circuits compared to those students that only 2) use a simulation or work with 3) traditional hands-on laboratory methods. As a result, compared to traditional laboratory work, the simulation-laboratory-combination environment was particularly effective. It improved more effectively students' overall knowledge of DC circuits and facilitated the development of scientifically acceptable models of current flow and current division.

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Nurmi, S. & Jaakkola, T. (2004). Facilitating Students' Understanding of Simple DC Circuits - Combining Simulation and Laboratory Work Together. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2004--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2068-2073). Washington, DC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 6, 2021 from .

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