Can Virtual Dissection Replace Traditional Hands-on Dissection in School Biology Laboratory Work?
Veronika Havlíčková 1, Andrej Šorgo 2, Martin Bílek 3 *
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1 University of Hradec Kralove, Faculty of Education, Hradec Kralove, CZECH REPUBLIC2 University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Maribor, SLOVENIA3 Charles University, Faculty of Education, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC* Corresponding Author


With the advent of computers virtual dissection was recognized as a plausible option for the replacement of hands-on dissection. Based on survey data collected from 489 Czech Biology teachers it was revealed that teachers value positively both variants of dissection, even more, differences are small or even negligible. Differences on motivation scale toward both variants are small or negligible too. From the answers based on motivation scale, we can construct a ghost teacher as someone who recognizes both alternatives of dissections as interesting, and even pleasant and fun activities. However, dissection should be performed as mostly as self-regulated activities with perceived benefits for the students as the dominant incentive, while not recognizing activity as important. The differences exist both between the acceptability of different kind of organisms for hands-on and virtual dissection, and in the actual school practice. In the long term perspective is cohabitation of both variants most probable.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 14, Issue 4, April 2018, 1415-1429

Publication date: 21 Jan 2018

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