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Title: On Learning Electricity With Multi-Agent Based Computational Models (NIELS)
Authors: Sengupta, Pratim
Wilensky, Uri
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Sengupta, P. & Wilensky, U. (2008). On Learning Electricity With Multi-Agent Based Computational Models (NIELS). In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volumes 3 (pp. 123-124). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We present NIELS (NetLogo Investigations in Electromagnetism, Sengupta & Wilensky, 2005, 2006), a multi-agent based learning environment that represents phenomena such as Electric Current, Resistance, etc in the form of "emergent" (Wilensky & Resnick, 1999) computational models. Based on a pilot implementation in a 7th grade classroom, we argue that NIELS models enable learners to "think in levels" (Wilensky & Resnick, 1999) which in turn enables them to bootstrap their existing object-based knowledge structures to engender a deep, expert-like understanding.
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