By Lawson, Kazilek and Logvin
Computer-Based Reasoning Modules for STEM Education
Many students lack skills in the use of basic reasoning patterns and, as a consequence, fail not only to understand the nature of science and how to do science, but also fail to acquire understanding of key scientific concepts and theories. However, most students can improve these important reasoning skills given appropriate instruction.
Inquiry-oriented activities to improve student reasoning skills have been developed and tested. These activities were implemented within the context of hands-on, inquiry-oriented instruction. Results from student pre and post-test exams demonstrated a marked improvement in student reasoning skills. However, requiring hands-on instruction limits the number of students that can be targeted.
Consequently, to improve student achievement, this project will incorporate key pedagogical elements of those activities into six computer-based modules developed using Macromedia Flash technology, which can be easily disseminated and used in a wider range of instructional contexts and with a considerably larger number of students.
Below is a test module developed to improve proportional reasoning skills. The module is available for review in either English or Spanish. When you select either of the versions below, they will be opened in a separate window.
Module 6: Proportional Reasoning
*These modules require the Flash plug-in from Macromedia to play. If the module does not appear when clicking on the links above, click on the button below to get Flash. The plug-in is free and also easy to install.