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The Students’ Characteristics and Categories of Modeling Process with Computer Simulation Pendulum Experiment
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, Center for General Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan., Taiwan ; , Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan., Taiwan

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate a junior high students’ modeling process with a computer simulated pendulum, to realize the characteristics of students’ modeling process, and to analyses the categories of students’ modeling. The research conducted a case study with 8 eighth grade junior high students in order to explore the categories of modeling process. Data were collected through thinking aloud and screen capture as well as interviews for data triangulations. The research is based on revised modeling structure for experiment analysis. Furthermore, the researcher developed the computer simulation pendulum software, which was evaluated in discipline content, media interface and user attitude. The results of this research: Students blended personal experience and intuition from the observation; namely they didn’t make the detail thought experiment as scientists did.There are four categories of student's modeling processes: regularity, adjustment, abandonment and development. In addition, the research proposes relevant suggestions for further studies.

Citation

Lin, J.C. & Hong, J.F. (2009). The Students’ Characteristics and Categories of Modeling Process with Computer Simulation Pendulum Experiment. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4338-4343). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 9, 2021 from .