ERIC Number: EJ860248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Clickers or Flashcards: Is There Really a Difference?
Physics Teacher, v46 n4 p242-244 Apr 2008
A growing number of physics teachers are currently turning to instructional technologies such as wireless handheld response systems--colloquially called "clickers." Two possible rationales may explain the growing interest in these devices. The first is the presumption that clickers are more effective instructional instruments. The second rationale is somewhat reminiscent of Martin Davis' declaration when purchasing the Oakland Athletics: "As men get older, the toys get more expensive." Although personally motivated by both of these rationales, the effectiveness of clickers over inexpensive low-tech flashcards remains questionable. Thus, the first half of this paper presents findings of a classroom study comparing the differences in student learning between a Peer Instruction group using clickers and a Peer Instruction group using flashcards. Having assessed student "learning" differences, the second half of the paper describes differences in "teaching" effectiveness between clickers and flashcards.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Physics, Science Instruction, Handheld Devices, Technology Integration, Comparative Analysis, Peer Teaching, Cooperative Learning, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials
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