Modeling Theory in Science Education / Edition 1

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This book is the culmination of over twenty years of work toward a pedagogical theory that promotes experiential learning of model-laden theory and inquiry in science. The book focuses as much on course content as on instruction and learning methodology, presenting practical aspects that have repeatedly demonstrated their value in fostering meaningful and equitable learning of physics and other science courses at the secondary school and college levels.

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Preface. 1: Fundamental Tenets of Modeling Theory. 1.1. Physical Realities and Human Cognition. 1.2. Experiential Knowledge. 1.3. Traded Knowledge. 1.4. Paradigms. 1.5. Scientific Paradigms. 1.6. Patterns. 1.7. Model-centered Epistemology. 1.8. Modeling Methodology. 2: Modeling Schemata. 2.1. Systems. 2.2. Modeling Schemata. 2.3. Model Domain. 2.4. Model Composition. 2.5. Model Structure. 2.6. Model Organization. 2.7. Model Viability. 2.8. Concept Schema. 3: Paradigmatic Evolution. 3.1. Paradigmatic Profile. 3.2. Naïve Realism. 3.3. Paradigmatic Profile Evolution. 3.4. Paradigmatic Threshold. 3.5. From Mixed Beliefs about Science to Reliable Knowledge about Physical Realities. 3.6. Insightful Regulation. 3.7. Affective Controls. 3.8. Structured Evolution. 4: Modeling Program. 4.1. Didactic Transposition. 4.2. Model-Based Content. 4.3. Model Deployment Activities. 4.4. Modeling Tools. 4.5. Reflective Inquiry. 4.6. Assessment and Evaluation. 5: Learning Cycles. 5.1. Modeling Cycles. 5.2. Exploration. 5.3. Model Adduction. 5.4. Model Formulation. 5.5. Model Deployment. 5.6. Model Evaluation and Paradigmatic Synthesis. 5.7. Teacher-mediated Learning. References. Index.

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