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ERIC Number: ED494379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 60
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1302-6488
Computer Simulations in Science Education: Implications for Distance Education
Sahin, Sami
Online Submission, Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education-TOJDE v7 n4 Jul 2006
This paper is a review of literature about the use of computer simulations in science education. This review examines types and examples of computer simulations. The literature review indicated that although computer simulations cannot replace science classroom and laboratory activities completely, they offer various advantages both for classroom and distance education. This paper consists of four parts. The first part describes computer simulations; the second part reviews the benefits in science education; the third part looks for the relation with science process skills; and the last part makes connections with the distance education. The literature suggests that the success of computer simulations use in science education depends on how they are incorporated into curriculum and how teachers use them. The most appropriate use of computer simulations seems that they are used as supplementary tools for classroom instruction and lab activities. Multimedia supported, highly interactive, collaborative computer simulations appeal growing interest because of their potential to supplement constructivist learning. They offer inquiry environments and cognitive tools to scaffold learning and apply problem-solving skills. Computer simulations are good tools to improve students' hypothesis construction, graphic interpretation, and prediction skills. This literature review also implied that computer simulations have potential for distance education laboratories. This area is elusive and needs to be researched further. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.) [Abstract modified to meet ERIC guidelines.]
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A