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A methodology for integrating computer-based learning tools in science curricula

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This paper demonstrates a methodology for effectively integrating computer-based learning tools in science teaching and learning. This methodology provides a means of systematic analysis to identify the capabilities of particular software tools and to formulate a series of competencies relevant to physical science that could be developed by means of these capabilities. This analysis could inform the transition to technology-rich learning environments by helping to deflect reliance on computer-based tools for objectives they cannot meet, while encouraging the design of activity sequences that make the most of the educationally useful capabilities of available computer-based tools. This methodology is demonstrated by means of two software tools widely used in science learning, namely modelling and simulation tools.

Keywords: computer simulation; computer uses in education; models in science education; science curriculum

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Cyprus, 2: University of Cyprus, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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