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ERIC Number: EJ815768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
The Benefits of Scientific Modeling
Kenyon, Lisa; Schwarz, Christina; Hug, Barbara
Science and Children, v46 n2 p40-44 Oct 2008
When students are engaged in scientific modeling, they are able to notice patterns and develop and revise representations that become useful models to predict and explain--making their own scientific knowledge stronger, helping them to think critically, and helping them know more about the nature of science. To illustrate, this article describes a unit on evaporation and condensation that incorporates four essential aspects of scientific modeling. In the unit, students construct, use, evaluate, and revise evaporation and condensation models to understand how a solar still cleans dirty water. (Contains 3 figures and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Language: English
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