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Real science in virtual school labs
Date:5/14/2012

e students developed an understanding of scientific work and concepts. Now the researchers are trying to learn more concretely how virtual lab students work to find answers and discuss how studies and experiments should be designed to yield new knowledge. This work is based on about 25 hours of video-taped student interaction in the lab environment.

One conclusion that confirms previous research on digital tools is that the work of the teacher is extremely critical to successful learning.

'The way that the teacher introduces a lab session is crucial, and it is important to realise that computer software is not by any means self-instructive. The teacher needs to actively challenge the students' understanding and give them a chance to ponder over what the virtual experiments are meant to represent. The teacher's communication with the students is very important in order to avoid that the virtual experiments end up being just another abstract computer task,' says Lantz-Andersson.


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Contact: Annika Lantz-Andersson
annika.lantz-andersson@ped.gu.se
46-031-786-2275
University of Gothenburg
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