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ERIC Number: EJ1179005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0737-0008
Unsilencing Critical Conversations in Social-Studies Teacher Education Using Agent-Based Modeling
Hostetler, Andrew; Sengupta, Pratim; Hollett, Ty
Cognition and Instruction, v36 n2 p139-170 2018
In this article, we argue that when complex sociopolitical issues such as ethnocentrism and racial segregation are represented as complex, emergent systems using agent-based computational models (in short agent-based models or ABMs), discourse about these representations can disrupt social studies teacher candidates' dispositions of teaching social studies without engaging in critical conversations about race and power. Our study extends the literature on agent-based computing to the domain of social studies education, and demonstrates how preservice teachers' participation in agent-based modeling activities can help them adopt a more critical stance toward designing learning activities for their future classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1150230