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ERIC Number: EJ946215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1046-8781
Increasing the Transfer of Simulation Technology from R&D into School Settings: An Approach to Evaluation from Overarching Vision to Individual Artifact in Education
Blasi, Laura; Alfonso, Berta
Simulation & Gaming, v37 n2 p245-267 Jun 2006
Building and evaluating artifacts specifically for K-12 education, technologists committed to design sciences are needed along with an approach to evaluation increasing the systemic transfer from research and development into school settings. The authors describe THE VIRTUAL LAB scanning electronic microscope simulation, including (a) its development from a design and project management perspective at NASA and (b) the formative evaluation, drawing on a usability study conducted in high school science classrooms by University of Central Florida. The authors offer a four-level assessment that begins with the overarching vision that guided developers. Over time, a team of evaluators (a) verify (the artifact), (b) check variation (of content), (c) verify (in context), and (d) document value (in the field of education). THE VIRTUAL LAB usability study is offered as a specific example in the evaluation process using both quantitative and qualitative data while responding and contributing to an overarching vision for education. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Science Related Attitudes