Path analyses of how students develop conceptual knowledge and inquiry skills in a simulation-based inquiry environment

Hsin Yi Chang, Ying-Shao Hsu, Hsin-Kai Wu, Chih Ming Chen

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Abstract

We implemented a simulation-based learning environment in a summer camp program in which 45 ninth-grade students conducted virtual experiments using computer-based simulations to learn the concepts of buoyancy. We collected data including all students' responses to the pretests, assessments embedded during class in the learning environment, and posttests. All the tests measured the students' conceptual knowledge of buoyancy and inquiry skills. We conducted path analyses to investigate how the students developed their conceptual knowledge and inquiry skills during and after learning within the learning environment. A common significant path is identified among students' prior knowledge and skills and students' developed knowledge and skills.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
EditorsThepchai Supnithi, Siu Cheung Kong, Ying-Tien Wu, Tomoko Kojiri, Chen-Chung Liu, Hiroaki Ogata, Akihiro Kashihara
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages163-166
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9784990801427
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014 - Nara, Japan
Duration: 2014 Nov 302014 Dec 4

Publication series

NameWorkshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014

Other

Other22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014
CountryJapan
CityNara
Period14/11/3014/12/4

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Keywords

  • Computer-based simulation
  • Inquiry
  • Path analysis
  • Science
  • Virtual experiment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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Chang, H. Y., Hsu, Y-S., Wu, H-K., & Chen, C. M. (2014). Path analyses of how students develop conceptual knowledge and inquiry skills in a simulation-based inquiry environment. In T. Supnithi, S. C. Kong, Y-T. Wu, T. Kojiri, C-C. Liu, H. Ogata, & A. Kashihara (Eds.), Workshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014 (pp. 163-166). (Workshop Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2014). Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.