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The impact of computer simulations on the teaching and learning of electromagnetism in grade 11 : a case study of a school in the Mpumalanga Province

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dc.contributor.advisor Kriek, Jeanne
dc.contributor.author Kotoka, Jonas Kwadzo
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-09T06:13:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-09T06:13:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/6577
dc.description.abstract The study investigated the impact of computer simulations on the teaching and learning of electromagnetism in grade 11. Electromagnetism is a section of the Physical Science curriculum. Two grade 11 classes in the Mgwenya circuit in Mpumalanga province of South Africa were used as a case study. Using a pre-test, post-test non-equivalent control group design, it was found that learners in the experimental group (n = 30) who were taught using the simulations achieved significantly higher scores on the post-test than learners in the control group (n = 35) who were taught using traditional teacher-centred teaching method; (t statistic = 3.582, df = 56, p<0.05). Learners were more active during the lessons, predicting, observing, discussing and explaining concepts. The use of simulations also provided support (scaffolding) that the learners need to enhance learning. The Hake’s normalized gain for the experimental group <g> = 0.32 compared to <g> = 0.18 for the control group confirmed conceptual improvement. Both teachers and learners indicated that they accept the use of computer simulations in teaching and learning of electromagnetism. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (155 leaves) : ill. (chiefly col.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Computer Simulations en
dc.subject Electromagnetism: magnetic field lines en
dc.subject Right hand grip rule en
dc.subject Flemings left and right hand rules en
dc.subject Motors and generators en
dc.subject Grade 11 Physics en
dc.subject Constructivist Theory en
dc.subject.ddc 537.07126827
dc.subject.lcsh Electromagnetism -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Electromagnetism -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Computer simulation
dc.title The impact of computer simulations on the teaching and learning of electromagnetism in grade 11 : a case study of a school in the Mpumalanga Province en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Science and Technology Education en
dc.description.degree M. Sc. (Mathematics, Science and Technology Education)


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