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Abstract Title: Harnessing digital technologies to improve student engagement in the laboratory
Abstract: This paper explores whether the integration of digital technologies in an open inquiry investigation about electricity and power consumption, Vampire Power, improves student engagement. Using Design-Based Research methodology, in Trial 1 we ran an open inquiry investigation with 41 teachers and 58 students in 4 workshops.  In Trial 2, digital technology, an Excel spreadsheet, was integrated into the investigation and deployed with 25 teachers and 38 students in 2 workshops. In Trial 3 the same investigation as in Trial 2 was deployed with 29 teachers and 85 students in 3 workshops. Measures of 'mental effort' and 'attitudes' indicated that, in Trial 1, teachers invested mental effort and showed positive attitudes, but students did not. In Trial 2, both teachers and students invested mental effort and had positive attitudes. Trial 3 results were similar to Trial 2. We conclude that harnessing digital technologies into an open inquiry investigation improved student engagement.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A44

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Srividya Durga Kota
The University of Sydney
A28, Physics Building, Physics Road, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Sydney, Non U.S. 2006
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Co-authors

Scott Cornish, The University of Sydney

Manjula Devi Sharma, The University of Syndey