The Use of a Computer Microworld as a Learning Environment to Develop Conceptual Change in the Field of Mechanics

  • F. E. van ’t Hul
  • P. L. Lijnse
  • A. Moes
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


International studies have revealed a clear picture of many conceptual problems students have in understanding physics, caused by existing life-world ideas. Strong examples of such ideas are found in the field of classical mechanics. A “microworld” has been developed based upon a theory of “conceptual change” by trying to arouse a conceptual conflict. In the present case this microworld deals with the principle of inertia in both a real and a frictionless world We have found indications that the possibilities of microcomputers to simulate microworlds provide a useful means of designing instruction that is effective in developing the necessary conceptual change.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. E. van ’t Hul
    • 1
  • P. L. Lijnse
    • 1
  • A. Moes
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtrechtThe Netherlands

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