An analysis of student inquiry performances in computer supported light-weighted collaborative experiment

Cai Ting Wen, Chia Jung Chang, Ssu Chi Huang, Ming Hua Chang, Shih Hsun Fan Chiang, Chen Chung Liu*, Fu Kwun Hwang, Hsin Yi Chang, Chih Wei Yang

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Collaborative simulations was found more flexible and enhance students’ motivation. Although it is an effective way to implement science inquiry in classroom, the orchestration is complex and how the pedagogy influence students’ inquiry is still not clear. Therefore, this study address a light-weighted collaborative experiment pedagogy, which consists of computer simulations, teacher’s guidance and the whole-class reflection. To investigate the impact of such pedagogy on students’ inquiry performance and the science knowledge change, 33 8th grade students participated in this study. Results show that although the students design the experiment properly, their concept improvement is not significant which is not aligned with our expectation. Their inquiry process of the first time participating in light-weighted experiment demonstrated their inadequate ability of analyzing the experiment data, which led to obstacles of constructing knowledge by using computer simulation. Therefore, more de-briefing on data processing while conducting light-weighted experiment is suggested. Besides, whether a series of light-weighted experiment implementation enhance students’ performance is valuable to further investigate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive Cities - 2nd International Conference, IC3 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJian Shen, Yao-Chung Chang, Yu-Sheng Su, Hiroaki Ogata
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789811561122
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2nd International Cognitive Cities Conference, IC3 2019 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2019 Sept 32019 Sept 6

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1227 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference2nd International Cognitive Cities Conference, IC3 2019


  • Collaborative inquiry
  • Collaborative simulation
  • Computer simulation
  • Light-weighted experiment
  • Science inquiry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


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