The effects of conceptual change texts accompanied with animations on overcoming 11th grade students' alternative conceptions of chemical bonding

This paper aims to determine the effect of conceptual change texts accompanied with computer animations on 11th grade students' understanding and alternative conceptions related to chemical bonding. One experimental group (EG; N = 28) and one comparison group (CG; N = 30) were used in the study. While the comparison group taught traditional instruction, the experimental group received conceptual change text accompanied with computer animations instruction. Chemical bonding achievement test was applied as pre-test, post-test and delayed test to collect data. The results of the study indicated that while there is no statistically significant difference between groups in pre-test, performance of EG students is greater than the CG ones in post-test and delayed test. And also, the EG students are better in remediating their alternative conceptions related to chemical bonding. Based on the study, it is concluded that conceptual change texts combined with computer animations can be effective instructional tools to improve students' conceptual understanding of chemical concepts.

Author: 
Ozmen, H., Demircioglu, H., & Demircioglu, G.
Year: 
2009
Source: 
Computers & Education, Vol. 52(3), 681-695
Type: 
Related Research
Content Area: 
science
Grade Level: 
secondary
IDEA Disability Category: 
autism
emotional disturbance
major-other health impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
Instructional Support: 
multimedia products and projects
opportunities to learn concepts
visualizations and models
NSTA Content Standards: 
life science
science & technology
science as inquiry
unifying concepts & processes