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Title: Designing a Data-Centered Approach to Inquiry Practices With Virtual Models of Density
Authors: M.Vitale, Jonathan
Madhok, Jacqueline
Linn, Marcia C.
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: M.Vitale, J., Madhok, J., & Linn, M. C. (2016). Designing a Data-Centered Approach to Inquiry Practices With Virtual Models of Density In Looi, C. K., Polman, J. L., Cress, U., and Reimann, P. (Eds.). Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 1. Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: New standards advocate for instruction that combines disciplinary knowledge and science and engineering practices. In this study we explore the design of an 8th grade science curriculum featuring interactive virtual models and guided graph construction exercises to support learning about density and inquiry practices. We apply observations about students’ difficulties in the 1st iteration to the redesign of the curriculum. In particular, we observed that students’ often misinterpreted the virtual models or used them inappropriately to confirm prior ideas. Similarly, even when guided to construct appropriate graphs, students were unable to conceptually link the abstract representation to concrete conceptual knowledge. On the other hand, by centering student thinking on the data in the 2nd iteration and using the models to illustrate abstract concepts conveyed in graphs, students were more likely to perform appropriate investigations and develop coherent, integrated explanations.
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