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|Title:||Learning Biology Coherently Through Complex Systems, Scientific Practices, and Agent-Based Simulations|
|Publisher:||Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.|
|Citation:||Park, M., Anderson, E., & Yoon, S. (2017). Learning Biology Coherently Through Complex Systems, Scientific Practices, and Agent-Based Simulations In Smith, B. K., Borge, M., Mercier, E., and Lim, K. Y. (Eds.). (2017). Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2017, Volume 1. Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.|
|Abstract:||The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) calls for greater coherence in how science is taught and learned in K-12 classrooms. Research on biology classrooms has shown that different units are often taught in a disconnected way, with little focus on unifying themes (e.g., systems) that connect various concepts together in the study of biology. In this study, we hypothesized that a curricular model based on scientific practices and agent-based simulations to teach biology through a complex systems lens would support students’ coherent understanding of biology. We investigated the extent to which and ways our curriculum supported students’ biology coherence. Units covered topics of diffusion, ecology, enzymes, evolution, genetics, and modeling. Fifty-four students were randomly selected for focus group interviews from a larger study of 463 students. Findings provide promising evidence that students developed a coherent understanding of biology.|
|Appears in Collections:||CSCL 2017|
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