Student-generated animations: Supporting middle school students' visualization, interpretation and reasoning of chemical phenomena

Hsin Yi Chang, Chris Quintana

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Abstract

The study explores the roles of instructional animation to support middle school students' learning of chemistry concepts. We discuss two roles of animations: a constructivist tool to support visualization and interpretation of chemical processes, and a problem-solving tool to support reasoning about chemical phenomena. We developed Chemation, a handheld-based chemistry animation tool, to address the roles. We conducted an initial evaluation study to assess the impact of Chemation for supporting students' visualization, interpretation, and reasoning of chemical phenomena. Two teachers and 73 seventh grade students participated in the study. The results of pre- and posttests indicated a positive gross effect of the learning environment including all aspects such as teacher and tool supports. Close examination through classroom observations, student interviews, and student artifacts revealed the relationships between student learning and tool supports. The results inform the design of interactive learning environments that incorporate animation as a learning support.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Pages71-77
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006 - Bloomington, IN, United States
Duration: 2006 Jun 272006 Jul 1

Publication series

NameICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Volume1

Conference

Conference7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBloomington, IN
Period2006/06/272006/07/01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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