Learning Within Artificial Worlds: Computer Based Modelling In The Curriculum

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With the advent of the National Curriculum, computer based modelling CBM is now a compulsory part of the school curriculum. Teachers are increasingly being encouraged to seek out opportunities for CBM in their own subject and across the curriculum. The new demands on the curriculum have left eachers and teacher trainers concerned as to their lack of experience in the area. This book sets out to provide a comprehensive guide to the area through an examination of a number of funded projects on CBM and their application to the school curriculum, setting them in the context of wider theoretical and practical concerns. It is acknowledged that computers bring about change in the classroom, both in teachers' professional development and innovative practices in teaching and learning. In highlighting how CBM can aid in the effective delivery of the curriculum, this book should be essential reading for teachers and researchers in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750703123
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
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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