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ERIC Number: EJ1058050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: EISSN-1446-6120
Reflections from a Computer Simulations Program on Cell Division in Selected Kenyan Secondary Schools
Ndirangu, Mwangi; Kiboss, Joel K.; Wekesa, Eric W.
Science Education Review, v4 n4 p117.1-117.8 2005
The application of computer technology in education is a relatively new approach that is trying to justify inclusion in the Kenyan school curriculum. Being abstract, with a dynamic nature that does not manifest itself visibly, the process of cell division has posed difficulties for teachers. Consequently, a computer simulation program, using animated colour graphic images capable of presenting the dynamic nature of the process through a multi-sensory approach, was developed from the existing school biology syllabus and implemented for a period of 4 weeks. Data was collected and analysed to help unravel what was actually happening as the teachers and the students interacted with the computer simulation program and/or instructional materials during cell division lessons. Results indicate that the computer simulation program created a community of meaning makers by enabling learners to aggregate their insights through co-elaboration and self-teaching while interrogating the learning experiences presented by the simulation. Support is provided for the idea that the use of computer simulations can greatly enhance pupils' understanding of cell division concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya