Improving students' scientific reasoning skills via virtual experiments and worked examples

Shiyu Liu, Keisha Varma

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Abstract

This work looks at how to improve students' scientific reasoning. The findings suggest that neither worked examples alone nor interactive visualization experiences alone are as helpful as the combination. While worked examples are effective instructional devices to assist learning, due to students' limited self-explanation skills, virtual experiments are needed to elicit more metacognitive efforts when studying the examples. At the same time, worked examples provide direct guidance that can prevent potential frustration with the visualization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Pages483-484
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Jul 2 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

Name10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period7/2/127/6/12

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    Liu, S., & Varma, K. (2012). Improving students' scientific reasoning skills via virtual experiments and worked examples. In 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings (pp. 483-484). (10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings; Vol. 2).