UniServe Science narrows the field


  • Anne Fernandez
  • Ian Johnston
  • Mary Peat
  • Mark Nearhos


With the increased use of computers in education it is essential that educators use this technology to enhance student learning. To do this effectively the technology must cater for different learning styles and support the processes students use when they learn. In order to assimilate the new information correctly and gain a broad understanding of it the student needs repeated exposure to variations of the concept and must be actively involved in the learning process. Computer-based images, both still and moving, can be used to provide an environment in which this can occur. For example, interfacing equipment in the laboratory allows the students to conduct 'what if' scenarios with lab exercises; plotting software allows students to plot several variations of a function; and science microworlds (or simulations) enable students to explore a particular problem area by inventing their own activities and experimenting, testing and revising hypotheses.