ERIC Number: ED462932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Simulations in the Learning Cycle: A Case Study Involving "Exploring the Nardoo."
Dwyer, William M.; Lopez, Valesca E.
This study involved students using simulation software in all phases of the learning cycle. Research on the use of simulations in science education has shown that the simulations can be used effectively in preinstructional and exploratory activities. Preinstructional and exploratory activities elicit and challenge students' alternative conceptions. Having set the context for formal instruction, simulations then can be used to learn new concepts in the invention phase of the learning cycle. The purpose of this case study was to develop, administer, and collect student data on learning cycle lessons that use simulations in all phases of the cycle. Fourteen upper elementary and 17 middle school science students were observed, along with their teacher, using simulations as they engaged in learning cycle lessons revolving around river ecosystems. It was found that with the specific guidance in simulations such as "Exploring the Nardoo," students perform better. Simulations can be used again to apply newly learned concepts in different contexts in the expansion phase of the learning cycle. An example of a learning cycle using simulations in all phases is appended. (Contains 36 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Constructivism (Learning), Ecology, Environmental Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Learning Processes, Middle Schools, Science Instruction
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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