Multi-Media Simulation of Laboratory Experiments in a Basic Physics Lesson on Magnetism.
FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION CENTER
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Laboratory and simulated laboratory experiences were developed and integrated with a CAI physics lesson on magnetism. The relative effectiveness of actual and simulated concrete referents as an aid to learning abstract concepts and principles was investigated for college students in a basic physics course. No differences were detected between the two conditions with respect to posttest performance or total instructional time. A post hoc analysis of learning by objective was conducted to determine the existence of transfer effects in accordance with a predicted hierarchy of conceptual development. Although inconclusive, the evidence appeared indicative of positive transfer in the predicted manner and suggested resequencing of the lesson as an initial step toward making learning optimal. Author
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