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Using PhET™ Interactive Simulation Plate Tectonics on Initial Teacher Education

Bento Cavadas1,2 and Sara Aboim3,4 Bento Cavadas and Sara Aboim
  • 1Department of Mathematics and Science, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém/School of Education, Santarém, 2001-902 Santarém, Portugal
  • 2CeiED – Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education and Development, University Lusófona, Portugal
  • 3Department of Mathematics, Science and Technologies, Polytechnic Institute of Porto/School of Education, Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
  • 4inED – Centre for Research and Innovation in Education, Polytechnic Institute of Porto/School of Education, Portugal

Abstract. Using digital educational resources on science education is an effective way of promoting students content knowledge of complex natural processes. This work presents the usage of a digital educational resource (DER) CreativeLab_Sci&Math | Plate Tectonics, that explores the PhET™ Plate Tectonics simulator, on the context of pre-service teachers (PST) education. It was analysed the preservice-teachers performance on the five tasks in which the DER was organized. Results show that the DER contribute for the successful achievement of PST of the following learning outcomes: describing the differences between the oceanic crust and continental crust regarding temperature, density, composition and thickness; associating the plate tectonic movements with their geological consequences; identifying the plate tectonic movements that cause the formation of some geological structures. Results also show that PST considered PhET™ Plate tectonics simulator contributed for their learning about plate tectonics.

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This work presents the usage of a digital educational resource (DER) CreativeLab_Sci&Math | Plate Tectonics, that explores the PhET™ Plate Tectonics simulator, in the context of preservice teachers (PST) education in Portugal. Results show that the DER contributed for the successful PST' achievement of learning outcomes concerning plate tectonics dynamics.
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