CONTRIBUTION OF COMPUTER SIMULATION IN CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE

Learners have alternative conceptions about scientific phenomena when they enter in the class room and these ideas affect how the corresponding scientific explanations are learned. Simulation is a powerful tool that could be of great benefit to learning and a very important element in the design of innovative learning environments, centered on the needs of the learners and integrating technologies at the right time and for the right activity. Computer simulation has a great potential for the enhancement of the teaching and learning of science concepts. Computer simulations facilitate the learning of abstract concepts and provide interactive, authentic and meaningful learning opportunities for learners. In addition to that, through simulations learners get instant feedback and also would have the chance to make observations (Bell & Smetana, 2008). The purpose of this paper was to investigate the contribution of a computer simulation in the field of science and how computer simulation brings improvement in conceptual understanding of science concepts.

Keywords: Computer Simulation, Conceptual Understanding, Science.

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