The use of a computer simulation to promote conceptual change: A quasi-experimental study

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608160
Title:
The use of a computer simulation to promote conceptual change: A quasi-experimental study
Authors:
Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Bell, Randy L.
Abstract:
This mixed-methods investigation compared the effectiveness of three instructional approaches in achieving desired conceptual change among early childhood preservice teachers (n = 157). Each of the three treatments employed inquiry-based instruction on moon phases using data collected from: (1) the planetarium software program, Starry NightTM, (2) nature observations and Starry NightTM, or (3) nat- ure observations alone. Data sources included drawings, intensive interviews, and a lunar shapes card sort. The data sets were analyzed via a constant comparative method in order to produce profiles of each participant’s pre- and post-instruction conceptual understandings of moon phases. Non-parametric tests of significance revealed that pre- to post-instruction gains were significant for all three treatments across all targeted concepts. The Starry Night-Only treatment demonstrated statistically greater gains for sequencing moon phases than the other two treatments. However, there were no significant differences among the three treatments in regard to participants’ abilities to draw scientific moon shapes or in their conceptions of the causes of moon phases. Thus, the three treatments were equally effective in facilitating desired conceptual change.
Affiliation:
Ohio State University (OH); University of Virginia (VA)
Journal:
Computers & Education
Issue Date:
17-Oct-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608160
Submitted date:
2016-03-14
Document Source:
Peer Reviewed
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Mixed Methods
Learning Environment:
Formal
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Subjects:
Pre-Service Teachers
Construct:
Content Knowledge
Content:
Sun-Earth-Moon (includes Seasons and Lunar Phases)
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorTrundle, Kathy Cabeen
dc.contributor.authorBell, Randy L.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:05:20Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:05:20Zen
dc.date.issued2009-10-17en
dc.date.submitted2016-03-14en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608160en
dc.description.abstractThis mixed-methods investigation compared the effectiveness of three instructional approaches in achieving desired conceptual change among early childhood preservice teachers (n = 157). Each of the three treatments employed inquiry-based instruction on moon phases using data collected from: (1) the planetarium software program, Starry NightTM, (2) nature observations and Starry NightTM, or (3) nat- ure observations alone. Data sources included drawings, intensive interviews, and a lunar shapes card sort. The data sets were analyzed via a constant comparative method in order to produce profiles of each participant’s pre- and post-instruction conceptual understandings of moon phases. Non-parametric tests of significance revealed that pre- to post-instruction gains were significant for all three treatments across all targeted concepts. The Starry Night-Only treatment demonstrated statistically greater gains for sequencing moon phases than the other two treatments. However, there were no significant differences among the three treatments in regard to participants’ abilities to draw scientific moon shapes or in their conceptions of the causes of moon phases. Thus, the three treatments were equally effective in facilitating desired conceptual change.en
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dc.titleThe use of a computer simulation to promote conceptual change: A quasi-experimental studyen
dc.typePeer Revieweden
dc.contributor.departmentOhio State University (OH)en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Virginia (VA)en
dc.identifier.journalComputers & Educationen
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentFormalen
dc.istar.constructContent Knowledgeen
dc.istar.contentSun-Earth-Moon (includes Seasons and Lunar Phases)en
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyMixed Methodsen
dc.istar.researchsettingPlanetariumen
dc.istar.subjectPre-Service Teachersen
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