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dc.contributor.authorHarrington, Aaron
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T21:53:29Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T21:53:29Z
dc.date.issued8/1/2006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/5503
dc.description.abstractOver the past few years there has been a growing interest in the possible benefits of computer simulations in physics education. However, very little research has been conducted on how computer simulations can actually be integrated into a physics program (Zacharia & Anderson, 2003). This research investigated the effects of computer simulations on the development of accurate mental models when used in conjunction with traditional laboratory-based experiments. Since laboratory experiments can often have results that are very difficult to observe, these results only become evident to the trained eye of an expert. Computer simulations are able to present phenomena free of the normal distractions that occur during traditional laboratory-based experiments. Through the analysis of post-tests, questionnaires, and student interviews conducted in a high school physics class, it was shown that when computer simulations are used in conjunction with traditional laboratory activities students appear to make accurate revisions to their naive mental models of motion. The results also indicate that the majority of the students believe that the computer simulations assisted in the clarification of the laboratory results and allowed them to more fully understand the theoretical concepts being presented in the laboratory investigation.
dc.subjectSecondary Education
dc.subjectPhysical Education
dc.subjectComputer Simulation Model
dc.subjectTheories Of Motion
dc.titleBridging the Gap in Physics Education
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refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T21:53:29Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.departmentEducation and Human Development
dc.description.degreelevelMaster of Science in Education (MSEd)
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleEducation and Human Development Master's Theses
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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