Teaching with technology: Aiding science teacher trainees' conceptual understanding through collaborative teaching and use of a computer datalogger
Abstract: The growing diversity in capabilities among students being admitted into teacher training programmes in Universities calls for a multi-faceted approach to solving their special needs. To help every student to maximise their potentials, modern approaches to teaching that use collaborative effort of teachers and a datalogger are deployed to provide opportunities for students to express themselves and explore learning opportunities. In this study, first year physics major teacher-trainees studying Mechanics were taught jointly by three teachers who taught selected topics in mechanics by the use of a computer and a datalogger. The results of this study indicate that students’ answers and their explanations of mechanics concepts improved greatly. This study indicates that the use of technology and collaborative teaching are important ingredients that help students to develop self-confidence in learning and enhancing their understanding of scientific concepts.