The Cocoa Microworld as an environment for developing modelling skills in physical science
by C. P. Constantinou
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL), Vol. 9, No. 3/4, 1999

Abstract: The development of the ability to construct models can provide a backbone structure of transferable skills that can aid learning in the physical sciences. In this paper, we present a process of modelling for middle school grades and we discuss modelling skills as a context for supporting the construction of meaningful knowledge by learners in physical sciences. We also present the application of this process to a middle-school science classroom studying the formation of shadows and images. In this context, we report on the use of student-constructed Cocoa Microworlds as models of physical phenomena in an authentic middle-school classroom environment and discuss the implications of computer-based tools for teaching and learning in physical sciences.

Online publication date: Fri, 11-Dec-2009

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