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ERIC Number: EJ1040091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 101
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Epistemological Issues Concerning Computer Simulations in Science and Their Implications for Science Education
Greca, Ileana M.; Seoane, Eugenia; Arriassecq, Irene
Science & Education, v23 n4 p897-921 Apr 2014
Computers and simulations represent an undeniable aspect of daily scientific life, the use of simulations being comparable to the introduction of the microscope and the telescope, in the development of knowledge. In science education, simulations have been proposed for over three decades as useful tools to improve the conceptual understanding of students and the development of scientific capabilities. However, various epistemological aspects that relate to simulations have received little attention. Although the absence of this discussion is due to various factors, among which the relatively recent interest in the analysis of longstanding epistemological questions concerning the use of simulations, the inclusion of this discussion on the research agenda in science education appears relevant, if we wish to educate scientifically literate students in a vision of the nature of science closer to the work conducted by researchers today. In this paper we review some contemporary thoughts emerging from philosophy of science about simulations in science and set out questions that we consider of relevance for discussion in science education, in particular related with model-based learning and experimental work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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