Integrating simulations in teaching of science argumentation

Meng Kuang Shih, Silvia Wen-Yu Lee, Ching Tsai Chen

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Abstract

In this study, we integrated computer simulations into Lawson's hypothetico-deductive argumentation, with an intention to promote students' argumentation skills and understanding of scientific concepts. By using action research methodology, two teaching cycles were conducted in a 9th grade science classroom with thirty-six students. Learners' argumentation skills and understanding of science concepts were evaluated through two exams. Results showed that the integration of computer simulation in argumentation assisted the development of some argumentation skills and scientific concepts. In the parts of "variable selection" and "conclusion making," the data revealed significant differences between the pretests and posttests. The study also showed significant improvements in science concepts during the second teaching cycle. At the end, this research study provides suggestions for teaching of argumentation with computer simulation and suggestions for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages455-458
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Event20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2012 Nov 262012 Nov 30

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Other20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period12-11-2612-11-30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Shih, M. K., Lee, S. W-Y., & Chen, C. T. (2012). Integrating simulations in teaching of science argumentation. 455-458. Paper presented at 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012, Singapore, Singapore.