Narratives of Physics Teachers Using Virtual Simulations: Basis for In-Service Training Workshops


This narrative inquiry study aimed to understand, investigate, and interpret experiences of physics teachers when using virtual simulations. The participants were chosen using purposive sampling techniques. The data was gathered through an initial survey and face-to-face interviews that followed an interview protocol. Creswell's data analysis and interpretation were used to generate themes from the verbatim transcripts of participants. Five themes emerged from their experiences: First, Novice Explorers, which shows the teachers' ability to explore the virtual simulation. Second, essential and efficient strategy, indicates that teachers have found that using simulations with students is a good teaching strategy in which students actively participate in the teaching and learning process. Third, the challenges of utilizing simulation, which points out the difficulties that physics teachers face when using simulations. Fourth, externalizing difficulties, shows how teachers manage the challenges they encounter in employing virtual simulation in the classroom. Lastly, unexpected outcomes and delightful stories, outlines the positive outcomes and realizations of teachers with the simulation. The findings provided insights for the basis of the matrix of activities for the in-service training workshops for secondary teachers. To conclude, teachers needed in-service training that would enhance the values and technology integration inside the classroom to properly implement the virtual simulations and improve their knowledge and skills. Given the limitations of this qualitative study, quantitative research is recommended as the next step in developing a comprehensive intervention to assess the effectiveness of virtual simulations in the teaching and learning process.

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Lysly S. Jamillo, University of San Agustin, Philippines
Chive G. Gabasa, West Visayas State University, Philippines

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Jamillo L., & Gabasa C. (2024) Narratives of Physics Teachers Using Virtual Simulations: Basis for In-Service Training Workshops ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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