Computer simulations and animations in the teaching and learning of chemical kinetics, equilibrium, and energetics: Assessing teachers’ pedagogical skills in Tanzania secondary schools
Flavia Beichumila 1 2 * , Bernard Bahati 3, Eugenia Kafanabo 4
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1 African Centre of Excellence for Innovative Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (ACEITLMS), University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE), Kigali, RWANDA2 University of Dodoma, Dodoma, TANZANIA3 University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE), Kigali, RWANDA4 School of Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA* Corresponding Author

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This paper presents changes on teachers’ pedagogical skills in using computer simulations and animations to support the teaching and learning of chemistry concepts. It draws on the data that were collected using a mixed-method research approach coupled with pre- and post-assessment of 20 level three chemistry teachers. The data from classroom observation were quantitatively analyzed using means, standard deviations, and a sample paired t-test. Thematic analysis was used for the qualitative data. The results showed that teachers’ pedagogical skills in using computer simulations and animations in teaching and learning chemical kinetics, equilibrium, and energetics were low in pre-instruction, with an overall mean of 1.3±0.1. In post-instruction, the findings indicate that teachers have improved pedagogical skills, with an overall mean of 3.9±0.06 and p-value of 0.000. Therefore, teachers need improved pedagogical strategies to use computer simulations and animations as viable instructional resources for teaching and learning of chemistry concepts.

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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2022, Volume 18, Issue 11, Article No: em2174

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmste/12498

Publication date: 02 Oct 2022

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