Development and implications of technology in reform-based physics laboratories

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Chen, S.
Lo, H. C.
Lin J. W.
Liang, J. C.
Chang, H.-Y.
Hwang, F. K.
Chiou, G. L.
Wu, Y. T.
Lee, S. W.-Y.
Wu, H.-K.

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American Physical Society


Technology has been widely involved in science research. Researchers are now applying it to science education in an attempt to bring students’ science activities closer to authentic science activities. The present study synthesizes the research to discuss the development of technology-enhanced laboratories and how technology may contribute to fulfilling the instructional objectives of laboratories in physics. To be more specific, this paper discusses the engagement of technology to innovate physics laboratories and the potential of technology to promote inquiry, instructor and peer interaction, and learning outcomes. We then construct a framework for teachers, scientists, and programmers to guide and evaluate technology-integrated laboratories. The framework includes inquiry learning and openness supported by technology, ways of conducting laboratories, and the diverse learning objectives on which a technology-integrated laboratory may be focused.