ERIC Number: ED443657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan-15
The Model as a Vehicle for Understanding the Nature and Processes of Science.
Gilbert, Steven W.
This paper presents three reasons why teachers should understand and actively use models and model building to frame science. First, science model building and testing is the heart of scientific enterprise, and understanding of the process is crucial for developing scientific literacy. Second, models are a familiar framework through which to understand and explain knowledge from the constructivist perspective. Third, the process required for developing models corresponds to the processes of active learning in science. A rationale for models based on science and science education is briefly introduced. The impact of a model building theme in an elementary science methods courses on the knowledge and attitudes of prospective science teachers is also discussed. (Contains 19 references.) (CCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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