A study on the impact of real, virtual and comprehensive experimenting on students' conceptual understanding of DC electric circuits and their skills in undergraduate electricity laboratory

Mohammad Reza Farrokhnia, Ayoub Esmailpour

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the comparative value of performing electricity laboratory by physical, virtual and comprehensive (combination of virtual and physical) methods with respect to changes in students 'conceptual understanding of DC electric circuits and their skills. To achieve these, a pre-post comparison test (DIRECT V1.2) and final skill test that include coordinated tasks of assembling a real circuit and describing how it worked, were used that involved 100 undergraduate students. At the end of the study by means of statistical tests, we observed considerable changes in comprehensive group's learning and virtual group's skill in comparison with the other groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5474-5482
Number of pages9
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 Feb 20108 Feb 2010

Keywords

  • comprehensive manipulation
  • Conceptual understanding
  • electricity laboratory
  • physical manipulation
  • skill
  • virtual manipulation

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