Constructivist approach to implementing virtual chemistry laboratory education
Tillerie Darby-White, Southern University and A&M College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Chemistry is a central science that hosts a wide range of abstract concepts. These abstract concepts cause frequent problems in conceptual instruction in chemistry lessons. Many students have difficulties embodying abstract concepts therefore they also have difficulties in chemistry lessons. The reason for this weakness is frequently attributed to the lack of laboratory practice (Yang & Heh, 2007). The constructivist theory of learning is based upon learning through real life experience to construct knowledge. Constructivist learning theory is ideal for laboratory instruction which is the core of science education. With the increasing popularity of online learning virtual laboratories will aid in the mastery of chemistry education. This purpose of this paper is to discuss best practices for laboratory instruction through the constructivist learning theory.
Darby-White, T. (2015). Constructivist approach to implementing virtual chemistry laboratory education. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1470-1476). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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