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Preservice Teachers Exploring the Nature of Science in Simulated Worlds

Preservice Teachers Exploring the Nature of Science in Simulated Worlds
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Author(s): Jill A. Marshall (University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA), Tim Erickson (Epistemological Engineering, Oakland, CA, USA) and Kumaridevi Sivam (University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA)
Copyright: 2015
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Pages: 22
Source title: International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: William Bart (University of Minnesota, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJGCMS.2015040102

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Abstract

This article reports an investigation of preservice teachers' interactions with a computer simulation designed to allow them to explore the nature and practices of science. Participants included 188 preservice, secondary-level, science and mathematics teachers who were enrolled in one of seven consecutive semesters in a professional development course as part of the teacher certification program at a large research university. Artifacts, including articles published in an online journal, responses to focus questions, reflections on the activity, as well as audio and video recordings of the activities themselves, were analyzed following a grounded approach. The simulation activities qualified in many respects as authentic science as identified by . Further, what these activities revealed about student beliefs in regard to the nature and practice of science correlated with their reactions toward the simulation and their views of how it might be used in high school classes.

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