Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Geosci. Commun., 4, 43–56, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-4-43-2021
Geosci. Commun., 4, 43–56, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-4-43-2021

Research article 10 Feb 2021

Research article | 10 Feb 2021

Using PhET™ interactive simulation plate tectonics for initial teacher education

Bento Cavadas and Sara Aboim

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This work presents the use of a digital educational resource, CreativeLab_Sci&Math | Plate Tectonics, which explores the PhETTM Plate Tectonics simulator in the context of pre-service teacher education. Results show that the digital educational resource contributed to pre-service teachers successfully achieving learning outcomes concerning the dynamics of plate tectonics.
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