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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)

Paperback Published: 30th November 2000
ISBN: 9780792367727
Number Of Pages: 387

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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 Models
Positioning Models in Science Education and in Design and Technology Education
Science and Education: Notions of Reality, Theory and Model
Constructing a Typology of Models for Science Education
Mathematical Models in Science
The Development of Mental Models
Grasping Mental Models
Investigating the Role of Representations and Expressed Models in Building Mental Models
Modelling and Creativity in Design and Technology Education
Thought Experiments and Embodied Cognition
Computers and the Development of Mental Models
Teaching and Learning Consensus Models
Explanations with Models in Science Education
Teaching with Historical Models
Models in Explanations of Chemistry: The Case of Acidity
Models in the Explanations of Physics: The Case of Light
The Role of Models in Biotechnology Education: An Analysis of Teaching Models
Language, Models and Modelling in the Primary Science Classroom
Teaching and Learning about Chemistry and Modelling with a Computer Managed Modelling System
The Structure and Development of Science Teachers' Pedagogical Models: Implications for Teacher Education
Challenges and Opportunities
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780792367727
ISBN-10: 0792367723
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 387
Published: 30th November 2000
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.8  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.6