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Module with interactive didactic simulations for the conceptual understanding of a physical model in a laboratory work of physics at university

Investigações em Ensino de Ciências. 2018;23(1):183-199 DOI 10.22600/1518-8795.ienci2018v23n1p183


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Journal Title: Investigações em Ensino de Ciências

ISSN: 1518-8795 (Print)

Publisher: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Society/Institution: Physics Institute

LCC Subject Category: Education: Education (General) | Science: Science (General)

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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José Valentin Ferreira (Universidad Simón Bolívar, sede del Litoral)

Maria Maite Andres (Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador-Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This study seeks to mediate in the initial process of the development of a laboratory work of Physics (Phase I), directed to the conceptual analysis of the experimental problem. In the context of a traditional laboratory course, where there is only face-to-face space for the actual experimental work, the possibility of assisting in the integration of theoretical knowledge associated with the problem and its proposed solution was raised; for this purpose, we designed a Module with Didactic Interactive Simulations (MoDIS) that followed the Learning Model in the Laboratory Work in Physics (LMLWP). It was tested with a group of students from the Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) who attended the Laboratory. Among the results, the students in the post-test succeeded in expressing more ideas close to those accepted by science than in the initial test, which allows us to consider that the interaction with the MoDIS contributed to the understanding of the physical model. In addition, the students valued the strategy favorably.