ERIC Number: ED420507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Modeling in Chemistry as Cultural Practice: A Theoretical Framework with Implications for Chemistry Education. Draft.
This paper reports on an interdisciplinary theoretical framework for the characterization of models and modeling that can be useful in application to chemistry education. The underlying argument marks a departure from an emphasis on concepts that are the outcomes of chemical inquiry about how knowledge growth occurs through modeling in chemistry. An outline is presented that provides reasons why modeling is a significant goal for chemistry education, the role of models and modeling are closely examined, and some cognitive and epistemological accounts of models and modeling are exemplified. A review of the role of models in chemistry, some trends in the use of models in chemistry education, and some implications for how chemistry learning environments can be designed so that modeling can be promoted and sustained in the classroom are also included. Contains 142 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).