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A New Way of Using the Interactive Whiteboard in a High School Physics Classroom: A Case Study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. (Division of Physics Education Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2018 (English)In: Research in science education, ISSN 0157-244X, E-ISSN 1573-1898, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 465-489Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, the interactive whiteboard (IWB) has become a relatively common educational tool in Western schools. The IWB is essentially a large touch screen, that enables the user to interact with digital content in ways that are not possible with an ordinary computer-projector-canvas setup. However, the unique possibilities of IWBs are rarely leveraged to enhance teaching and learning beyond the primary school level. This is particularly noticeable in high school physics. We describe how a high school physics teacher learned to use an IWB in a new way, how she planned and implemented a lesson on the topic of orbital motion of planets, and what tensions arose in the process. We used an ethnographic approach to account for the teacher’s and involved students’ perspectives throughout the process of teacher preparation, lesson planning, and the implementation of the lesson. To interpret the data, we used the conceptual framework of activity theory. We found that an entrenched culture of traditional white/blackboard use in physics instruction interferes with more technologically innovative and more student-centered instructional approaches that leverage the IWB’s unique instructional potential. Furthermore, we found that the teacher’s confidence in the mastery of the IWB plays a crucial role in the teacher’s willingness to transfer agency within the lesson to the students.

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 48, no 2, p. 465-489
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Interactive whiteboard, Physics education, Astronomy, High school, Activity theory, Case study, Orbital motion, Kepler’s laws, Narrative, Student engagement, Teacher professional development
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-314988DOI: 10.1007/s11165-016-9576-0ISI: 000429121400009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-314988DiVA, id: diva2:1072455
Available from: 2017-02-07 Created: 2017-02-07 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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