Using visualization to link abstract science and everyday experience

Marcia C. Linn, Ji Shen, Hsin Yi Chang, Kun Chen Tsai, Jennifer L. Chiu, Douglas B. Clark, Brian Nelson, Cynthia M. D'Angelo, Kent Slack, Mario Martinez, Kevin W. McElhaney, Rutchelle Enriquez, Keisha Varma, Eric N. Wiebe, Mike Carter, James Minogue, Lauren Madden, John Bedward, Helen Z. Zhang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This interactive poster symposium features research groups investigating how visualizations and aligning instructional approaches promote students' deep understanding of physical sciences. The participating studies take advantage of computerized visualizations to bridge abstract science concepts and students' intuitive ideas of physical phenomena. These studies reveal how the visualizations help students improve their understanding of science over time by employing mixed methods such as data from student performances on pre-post tests and student practices during the learning process. These posters provide insights about how students learn from visualizations and propose effective design approaches to augment the impact of computerized visualizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLearning in the Disciplines: ICLS 2010 Conference Proceedings - 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2010
Event9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2010Jul 2 2010


Other9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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