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Title: Increasing Representational Fluency with Visualization Tools
Authors: Stieff, Mike
McCombs, Michelle
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Stieff, M. & McCombs, M. (2006). Increasing Representational Fluency with Visualization Tools. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 2 (pp. 730-736). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The present article reports on the use of one visualization tool, Connected Chemistry, to increase chemistry student's representational fluency, or use of accepted chemical representations and reasoning from submicroscopic perspectives. The tool was embedded in a unit on the particulate nature of matter and implemented in three high school classrooms. Analysis of learning via pre-post test measures revealed a significant increase in representational fluency among all Connected Chemistry students compared to students learning from more traditional lecture-and- text method; however, comparable improvements in declarative knowledge were not evident.
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