Teaching science for understanding: The positive impact of simultaneous use of concept mapping and computer simulations

Mohammad Hassanzadeh*, Javad Hatami, Saeed Latifi, Mohammad Reza Farrokhnia, Tahereh Saheb

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Abstract

Concept map as an effective tool allows learners to deal with an in depth analysis rather than keeping more information which is transferred through lecture based teaching. Concept map also improves the efficiency of computer assisted simulation techniques in learning environments. This research especially focuses on effectiveness of a computer simulated environment and concept mapping and its effect on conceptual understanding of science. In this study, we selected 60 high school students and divided them into two groups (30 students in Group A and 30 students in Group B). The goal of this research is to investigate how the concept maps influence the learning of Direct Current (DC) concept in electric circuits. We collected data by using Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test (DIRECT). Covariance analysis indicates significant difference between two groups. Adjusted pretest scores also approve the significant effect of learning with simulation plus concept map in comparison with the sole simulation among learners (Partial eta Squared = 0.08; F = 4.84; p < 0.03). We conclude that students who used simulation along with a concept map (group B) showed better learning than students who used only a simulation software.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovating with Concept Mapping - 7th International Conference on Concept Mapping, CMC 2016, Proceedings
EditorsAlberto Cañas, Priit Reiska, Joseph Novak
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages192-202
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319455013
ISBN (Print)9783319455006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Concept Mapping, CMC 2016 - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 5 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume635
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Concept Mapping, CMC 2016
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period5/09/169/09/16

Keywords

  • Computer simulation
  • Concept mapping
  • Science education

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