Learning with Artificial Worlds: Computer Based Modelling in the Curriculum

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Overview

First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750703130
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Figures and Tables
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Introduction: Modelling and Education 1
Pt. 1 The Nature of Modelling 9
Ch. 2 Overview: The Nature of Modelling 11
Ch. 3 Models: Their Makers, Uses and Problems 16
Ch. 4 From Mental Models to Modelling 27
Ch. 5 Computational Issues in Modelling 33
Ch. 6 Representations and Representation Systems 39
Pt. 2 Mathematics and Reality 47
Ch. 7 Interpreting the World with Numbers: An Introduction to Quantitative Modelling 49
Ch. 8 Reasoning with a Quantitative Modelling Tool 59
Ch. 9 Integrating Situation-based and Algebraic Approaches: The Role of Spreadsheets 68
Ch. 10 Using Spreadsheets to Develop Understanding in Science 76
Ch. 11 Models and Metaphors in Reasoning about Probability 85
Ch. 12 Learning about Mathematical Modelling: A Case Study using Model Builder 94
Ch. 13 Starting from Data: A Different Approach to Making Models 104
Pt. 3 Common sense Reasoning about Quantities 115
Ch. 14 Causality and Common sense Reasoning 117
Ch. 15 Reasoning with a Semi-quantitative Tool 128
Pt. 4 Thinking with Objects, Links and Logic 143
Ch. 16 An Introduction to Qualitative Modelling 145
Ch. 17 Reasoning with a Qualitative Modelling Tool 153
Ch. 18 Learning by Building Expert System Models 162
Ch. 19 Creating Worlds from Objects and Events 171
Pt. 5 Implementing Modelling in the Curriculum 181
Ch. 20 Towards a Modelling Curriculum 183
Ch. 21 Developing Software and Curriculum Materials: The Modus Project 188
Ch. 22 Incorporating Modelling into a Mathematics Curriculum 199
Ch. 23 Modelling and Teacher Change 207
Appendix 1: Tools for Exploratory Learning Programme 214
Appendix 2: Further Materials 220
References 224
Notes on Contributors 234
Index 237
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