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Drawing based modeling and simulating in primary school science education

Rosink, B.E. (2012) Drawing based modeling and simulating in primary school science education.

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Abstract:Forty-three eight graders of two intact classrooms of one elementary school participated in a study investigating the extent to which simulating learner created drawings are effective towards the acquisition of domain knowledge, attitude towards science, scientific attitude and self-efficacy in science. Students used SimSketch to model a part of the solar system as a drawing. In the control group students only drew; in the experimental group it was possible to simulate the drawings of the solar system. Domain knowledge, attitude towards science, scientific attitude and self-efficacy were measured. The study showed a positive trend towards above variables between pre- and post-tests and differences between the scores of the control- and experimental group. Only scientific attitude showed a significant improvement between the pre- and post-test. Furthermore, children sometimes showed some misconceptions regarding the solar system. On the whole, the experiences of children working with SimSketch were very positive.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62455
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