ERIC Number: ED421346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Physics Learning with a Computer Algebra System: Towards a Learning Environment That Promotes Enhanced Problem Representations.
Savelsbergh, Elwin R.; Ferguson-Hessler, Monica G. M.; de Jong, Ton
An approach to teaching problem-solving based on using the computer software Mathematica is applied to the study of electrostatics and is compared with the normal approach to the module. Learning outcomes for both approaches were not significantly different. The experimental course successfully addressed a number of misconceptions. Students in the experimental course found the visualization tools to be more instructive than the problem-solving tools. This course imposed a high cognitive load on the students. This paper discusses how the course can be improved and how it can be a valuable supplement to the usual teaching approach. (Contains 20 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Learning Theories, Physics, Problem Solving, Science Curriculum, Secondary Education, Technology
University of Twente, Faculty of Educational Science and Technology, Dept. of Instructional Technology, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Twente Univ., Enschede (Netherlands). Faculty of Educational Science and Technology.
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands