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ERIC Number: EJ1132771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Physlet-Based Materials in Supporting Conceptual Learning about Electricity
Ülen, Simon; Gerlic, Ivan; Slavinec, Mitja; Repnik, Robert
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v26 n2 p151-160 Apr 2017
To provide a good understanding of many abstract concepts in the field of electricity above that of their students is often a major challenge for secondary school teachers. Many educational researchers promote conceptual learning as a teaching approach that can help teachers to achieve this goal. In this paper, we present Physlet-based materials for supporting conceptual learning about electricity. To conduct research into the effectiveness of these materials, we designed two different physics courses: one group of students, the experimental group, was taught using Physlet-based materials and the second group of students, the control group, was taught using expository instruction without using Physlets. After completion of the teaching, we assessed students' thinking skills and analysed the materials with an independent t test, multiple regression analyses and one-way analysis of covariance. The test scores were significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group (p < 0.05). The results of this study confirmed the effectiveness of conceptual learning about electricity with the help of Physlet-based materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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