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ERIC Number: ED404999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 29
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Using Simulations for Learning Science.
Roberts, Nancy; And Others
Researchers from BBN Laboratories and Lesley College (Massachusetts) have begun exploratory studies to build an understanding of the learning that occurs when middle school students interact with science-based simulations. Sixty hours of discussion among eight middle school students were videotaped as they used the simulations from the "Physics and Biology Explorer Series" (1992, Scotts Valley, California: Wings for Learning). The videotape analysis suggests the need for a better understanding of the dynamics of mental-model development as middle school students use simulations to learn science. The need to better understand the role of prior knowledge and the students' ability to use scientific problem-solving skills in a modeling environment is also apparent. Four figures illustrate the discussion. An appendix presents a proposed Modeling Skills Assessment Inventory Checklist (MOSAIC). (Contains 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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