Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 81-88

First online:

A Comparison of Inquiry and Worked Example Web-Based Instruction Using Physlets

  • Kevin M. LeeAffiliated withDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, and the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Email author 
  • , Gayle NicollAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • , David W. BrooksAffiliated withCenter for Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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This paper compares two protocols for web-based instruction using simulations in an introductory physics class. The Inquiry protocol allowed students to control input parameters while the Worked Example protocol did not. Students in the Worked Example group performed significantly higher on a common assessment. The ramifications of this study are discussed in relation to Scientific Discovery Learning and Cognitive Load Theory.

web-based instruction simulations Physlets