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Computers and Education
written by Nico Rutten, Wouter R. van Joolingen, and Jan T. van der Veen
This article reviews the (quasi)experimental research of the encompassing 2002-2012 on the learning effects of computer simulations in science education. The focus is on two questions: how use of computer simulations can enhance traditional education, and how computer simulations are best used in order to improve learning processes and outcomes. We report on studies that investigated computer simulations as a replacement of or enhancement to traditional instruction. In particular, we consider the effects of variations in how information is visualized, how instructional support is provided, and how computer simulations are embedded within the lesson scenario. The reviewed literature provides robust evidence that computer simulations can enhance traditional instruction, especially as far as laboratory activities are concerned. However, in most of this research the use of computer simulations has been approached without consideration of the possible impact of teacher support, the lesson scenario, and the computer simulation's place within the curriculum.
Computers and Education: Volume 58, Issue 1, Pages 136-153
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computer models, computer simulations, graph interpretation, representations, self-regulation
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N. Rutten, W. van Joolingen, and J. van der Veen, , Comput. Educ. 58 (1), 136 (2012), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.017).
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N. Rutten, W. van Joolingen, and J. van der Veen, The learning effects of computer simulations in science education, Comput. Educ. 58 (1), 136 (2012), <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.017>.
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Rutten, N., van Joolingen, W., & van der Veen, J. (2012, January 1). The learning effects of computer simulations in science education. Comput. Educ., 58(1), 136-153. Retrieved April 18, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.017
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Rutten, N, W. van Joolingen, and J. van der Veen. "The learning effects of computer simulations in science education." Comput. Educ. 58, no. 1, (January 1, 2012): 136-153, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.017 (accessed 18 April 2024).
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Rutten, Nico, Wouter R. van Joolingen, and Jan T. van der Veen. "The learning effects of computer simulations in science education." Comput. Educ. 58.1 (2012): 136-153. 18 Apr. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.07.017>.
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