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Exploring the difference in student achievement when using virtual labs instead of traditional labs
The purpose of this study was to examine the difference in student achievement when virtual labs are used instead of traditional labs. Participants included eighth grade students in a science class at a junior high in the Central Valley of California. A treatment group participated in four virtual labs and the control group participated in four traditional labs. Data were collected through assessment scores and analyses were run. Results revealed there was a significant difference in three of the four assessments in which the control group scored higher. After accounting for existing differences in science achievement between the two groups, there was a significant difference in two of the four assessments in which the control group scored higher. Results are presented and discussed.