Hands on What ? The Relative Effectiveness of Physical Versus Virtual Materials in an Engineering Design Project by Middle School Children

@inproceedings{Klahr2006HandsOW,
  title={Hands on What ? The Relative Effectiveness of Physical Versus Virtual Materials in an Engineering Design Project by Middle School Children},
  author={David Klahr and Lara M. Triona and Cameron Williams},
  year={2006}
}
‘‘Hands-on’’ activities play an important, but controversial, role in early science education. In this study we attempt to clarify some of the issues surrounding the controversy by calling attention to distinctions between: (a) type of instruction (direct or discovery); (b) type of knowledge to be acquired (domain-general or domain-specific); and (c) type of materials that are used (physical or virtual). We then describe an empirical study that investigates the relative effectiveness of the… CONTINUE READING
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