ERIC Number: EJ924540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
Mediated Modeling in Science Education
Halloun, Ibrahim A.
Science & Education, v16 n7-8 p653-697 Aug 2007
Following two decades of corroboration, modeling theory is presented as a pedagogical theory that promotes mediated experiential learning of model-laden theory and inquiry in science education. Students develop experiential knowledge about physical realities through interplay between their own ideas about the physical world and particular patterns in this world. Under teacher mediation, they represent each pattern with a particular model that they develop through a five-phase learning cycle, following particular modeling schemata of well-defined dimensions and rules of engagement. Significantly greater student achievement has been increasingly demonstrated under mediated modeling than under conventional instruction of lecture and demonstration, especially in secondary school and university physics courses. The improved achievement is reflected in more meaningful understanding of course materials, better learning styles, higher success rates, lower attrition rates and narrower gaps between students of different backgrounds.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Physics, Experiential Learning, Learning Processes, Science Education, Science Instruction, Models, Peer Mediation
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