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Constructing Understanding in the Science Classroom: Integrating Laboratory Experiments, Student and Computer Models, and Class Discussion in Learning Scientific Concepts

Joseph Snir and Carol Smith

in Software Goes to School

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780195115772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115772.003.0013
Constructing Understanding in the Science Classroom: Integrating Laboratory Experiments, Student and Computer Models, and Class Discussion in Learning Scientific Concepts

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From mathematics, attention is turned to the analysis of students' responses to scientific inquiry in order to discover other effective techniques to facilitate learning. Similar to what the previous chapter mentioned, this section depicts valuable styles for teaching using computer frameworks. Such instruction methods channel the gap between student perceptions and computer software, and enhance learners' scientific knowledge. This attempt is employed due to the substantial proof that students encounter hardship in comprehending and absorbing scientific concepts and theories. In order for learners to adapt to the newly introduced conceptual and theoretical changes, they must not only become conscious of and be disappointed with their old notions, they must also regard the new ideas of scientists to be rational, applicable and beneficial in their daily lives. Included here are some suggestions on how to convince the learners, or to make them dissatisfied with their previous inclinations.

Keywords: science; learning; students; teaching; computer software; scientific concepts; scientific knowledge

Chapter.  9009 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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