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ERIC Number: EJ1189681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-7913
Interactive Computer Simulations as Pedagogical Tools in Biology Labs
Whitworth, Karen; Leupen, Sarah; Rakes, Christopher; Bustos, Mauricio
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v17 n3 Article 46 Sep 2018
Student learning in biology may be impaired by instructional environments that emphasize technical methodology over analysis. We hypothesized that time gained by experimenting with accurate computer simulations could be used to engage students in analytical, creative learning. The effects of treatments that combined a week of simulated lab instruction with a week of standard lab instruction in different order (E-to-S and S-to-E) were examined using a controlled experimental design with random assignment of lab sections and hierarchical linear modeling analysis to account for possible clustering within sections. Data from a large sample of students (N = 515) revealed a significant increase (1.59 SD) in posttest scores for both treatment groups over the control. We posit as a plausible explanation the reinforcement of psychomotor learning due to strong engagement of cognitive processes facilitated by the computer simulation. This study supports a wider use of computer simulations as learning tools in laboratory courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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