Training Science Teachers to Design Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans through a Serious Game

Petros Lameras, Panagiotis Petridis, Kate Torrens, Ian Dunwell, Maurice Hendrix, Sylvester Arnab

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Abstract

A significant challenge for science teachers’ training is to understand how to enact teaching strategies that would encourage students to perceive learning as a memorable experience instantiated through an activity; and thereby getting involved in a process of meaning-making. This paper describes SimAULA, a serious game that aims to integrate inquiry learning into game dynamics for scaffolding science teachers’ efforts to design their lesson plans. To this line, the paper proposes a 7-step process of orchestrating inquiry features that enable science teachers to think about inquiry in the context of creating activities based on real-world situations that map closely on to students’ understandings rather than those with naturally occurring complex patterns. SimAULA’s overarching architecture is presented in the context of the 7- stage inquiry process to be implemented and evaluated in a number of schools across Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeLmL 2014 : The Sixth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning
PublisherInternational Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA)
Pages86-91
ISBN (Print)978-1-61208-328-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning eLmL - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 23 Mar 201427 Mar 2014

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning eLmL
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period23/03/1427/03/14

Bibliographical note

This paper is available full text online in IARIA's ThinkMind Digital Library at: http://www.thinkmind.org/index.php?view=article&articleid=elml_2014_4_30_50074. This paper was given at the Sixth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid,and On-line Learning. eLmL 2014. March 23 - 27, 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
Copyright (c) IARIA, 2014

Keywords

  • serious games
  • inqury-based learning
  • science
  • teacher training

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    Lameras, P., Petridis, P., Torrens, K., Dunwell, I., Hendrix, M., & Arnab, S. (2014). Training Science Teachers to Design Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans through a Serious Game. In eLmL 2014 : The Sixth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (pp. 86-91). International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA).