Theoretical Framework

Research Question

The purpose of this study is to discover what science-based simulations are best to use with elementary aged students in grades 3-5. Currently, there is limited research in this area due to the fact that simulations are being created faster then we can keep up with. Though it also shows that educators need to be able to effectively assess technology and decide what works best for their classroom, curriculum, and personal style of teaching. What science-based technology simulations would be beneficial for students to use for research in creating their own science inquiry experiment?

Theoretical Framework

The literature reviewed in this study delineated three overall themes. First, simulation tools are an application we can use throughout our entire lives. Second, when used appropriately simulations can benefit student engagement in learning. Third, simulations allow for lab experiences that are faster, cleaner, safer, and allows for exploration when the equipment is unavailable or the environment is unattainable.

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4 thoughts on “Theoretical Framework

  1. This looks good. Grammatically speaking on your last sentence the last two ‘are’ should say ‘is’. I like that your framework is clear and concise. As far as your research question, what ages of students are you going to focus on? Is this going to be a case study?

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    • Thanks for the feedback, I am going to be working with students in grades 3-5. Do you think I could just do a case study? If so, how many students would I need to focus on? Do I need a control group? What would that look like? Great, now I have more questions. I do appreciate your help.

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    • I plan to use multiple simulations and have kids help me rate them. Through time I will have a nice collection. Simulations are being added constantly, so there will always be new ones out there.

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