The Effect of 3D Computer Modeling and Observation-Based Instruction on the Conceptual Change Regarding Basic Concepts of Astronomy in Elementary School Students
This study has examined the impact of teaching certain basic concepts of astronomy through a predict-observe-explain strategy, which includes three-dimensional (3D) computer modeling and observations on conceptual changes seen in sixth-grade elementary school children (aged 11–13; number of students: 131). A pre- and postastronomy instruction conceptual survey and interviews were used to evaluate the conceptual changes. In the analysis of the data, the methodology used was the classification of explanations with similar meanings under the same categories. The most significant finding of the study was that instruction supported by observations and 3D computer modeling was significantly effective in bringing about conceptual change and learning.
Küçüközer, H., Korkusuz, M. E., Küçüközer, H. A., & Yürümezoğlu, K. 2009, Astronomy Education Review, 8(1)
Department of Physics Education, Necatibey Education Faculty, Balıkesir University | Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Necatibey Education Faculty, Balıkesir University | Department of Science Education, Necatibey Education Faculty, Balıkesir University, Balıkesir | Department of Physics Education, Education Faculty, Muğla University