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Learning Within Artificial Worlds : Computer Based Modelling In The Curriculum - Harvey Mellar

Learning Within Artificial Worlds

Computer Based Modelling In The Curriculum

By: Harvey Mellar (Editor), Jon Ogborn (Editor), Richard Boohan (Editor), Richard Tompsett (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th September 1994
ISBN: 9780750703123
Number Of Pages: 260

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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.

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Modelling and Educationp. 1
The Nature of Modellingp. 9
Overview: The Nature of Modellingp. 11
Models: Their Makers, Uses and Problemsp. 16
From Mental Models to Modellingp. 27
Computational Issues in Modellingp. 33
Representations and Representation Systemsp. 39
Mathematics and Realityp. 47
Interpreting the World with Numbers: An Introduction to Quantitative Modellingp. 49
Reasoning with a Quantitative Modelling Toolp. 59
Integrating Situation-based and Algebraic Approaches: The Role of Spreadsheetsp. 68
Using Spreadsheets to Develop Understanding in Sciencep. 76
Models and Metaphors in Reasoning about Probabilityp. 85
Learning about Mathematical Modelling: A Case Study using Model Builderp. 94
Starting from Data: A Different Approach to Making Modelsp. 104
Common sense Reasoning about Quantitiesp. 115
Causality and Common sense Reasoningp. 117
Reasoning with a Semi-quantitative Toolp. 128
Thinking with Objects, Links and Logicp. 143
An Introduction to Qualitative Modellingp. 145
Reasoning with a Qualitative Modelling Toolp. 153
Learning by Building Expert System Modelsp. 162
Creating Worlds from Objects and Eventsp. 171
Implementing Modelling in the Curriculump. 181
Towards a Modelling Curriculump. 183
Developing Software and Curriculum Materials: The Modus Projectp. 188
Incorporating Modelling into a Mathematics Curriculump. 199
Modelling and Teacher Changep. 207
Appendix 1: Tools for Exploratory Learning Programmep. 214
Appendix 2: Further Materialsp. 220
Referencesp. 224
Notes on Contributorsp. 234
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780750703123
ISBN-10: 0750703121
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 15th September 1994
Publisher: CRC PR INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1