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Developing Models in Science Education - Professor John K. Gilbert

Developing Models in Science Education

By: Professor John K. Gilbert (Editor), C. Boulter (Editor)

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Models and modelling play a central role in the nature of science, in its conduct, in the accreditation and dissemination of its outcomes, as well as forming a bridge to technology. They therefore have an important place in both the formal and informal science education provision made for people of all ages. This book is a product of five years collaborative work by eighteen researchers from four countries. It addresses four key issues: the roles of models in science and their implications for science education; the place of models in curricula for major science subjects; the ways that models can be presented to, are learned about, and can be produced by, individuals; the implications of all these for research and for science teacher education. The work draws on insights from the history and philosophy of science, cognitive psychology, sociology, linguistics, and classroom research, to establish what may be done and what is done. The book will be of interest to researchers in science education and to those taking courses of advanced study throughout the world.

Preface
Acknowledgements
On the Nature and Significance of Modelsp. 1
Positioning Models in Science Education and in Design and Technology Educationp. 3
Science and Education: Notions of Reality, Theory and Modelp. 19
Constructing a Typology of Models for Science Educationp. 41
Mathematical Models in Sciencep. 59
The Development of Mental Modelsp. 91
Grasping Mental Modelsp. 93
Investigating the Role of Representations and Expressed Models in Building Mental Modelsp. 119
Modelling and Creativity in Design and Technology Educationp. 137
Thought Experiments and Embodied Cognitionp. 157
Computers and the Development of Mental Modelsp. 177
Teaching and Learning Consensus Modelsp. 191
Explanations with Models in Science Educationp. 193
Teaching with Historical Modelsp. 209
Models in Explanations of Chemistry: The Case of Acidityp. 227
Models in the Explanations of Physics: The Case of Lightp. 253
The Role of Models in Biotechnology Education: An Analysis of Teaching Modelsp. 271
Language, Models and Modelling in the Primary Science Classroomp. 289
Teaching and Learning about Chemistry and Modelling with a Computer Managed Modelling Systemp. 307
The Structure and Development of Science Teachers' Pedagogical Models: Implications for Teacher Educationp. 325
Challenges and Opportunitiesp. 343
Referencesp. 363
Indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9780792366522
ISBN-10: 0792366522
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 387
Published: 30th November 2000
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.64