Exploring middle school students' sense making of a computer simulation about thermal conduction

Nitasha Mathayas, David E. Brown, Robb Lindgren

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Abstract

In this study, we explored how students used a computer simulation to construct mechanistic explanations of thermal conduction. We analyzed the interviews of fourteen students and developed a rubric to characterize verbal explanations. We compared the quality of explanations before engaging with the simulation, while engaging with it and again at the end. Results suggests that students with higher prior knowledge tended to mention fewer aspects of the simulation than those with lower prior knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Peter Reimann, Ulrike Cress
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages1267-1268
Number of pages2
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355083
StatePublished - 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

Keywords

  • Computer simulations
  • Conduction
  • Design
  • Heat transfer
  • Student explanations
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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