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Title: Building Blocks: Kids Designing Scientific, Domain-Specific, Block-Based, Agent-Based Microworlds
Authors: Martin, Kit
Bain, Connor
Swanson, Hillary
Horn, Michael
Wilensky, Uri
Keywords: Design
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Martin, K., Bain, C., Swanson, H., Horn, M., & Wilensky, U. (2020). Building Blocks: Kids Designing Scientific, Domain-Specific, Block-Based, Agent-Based Microworlds. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3 (pp. 1641-1644). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Next Generation Science Standards foreground science practices as important goals of science education. In this paper, we discuss the design of block-based modeling environments for learning experiences that ask students to actively explore complex systems via computer programming. Specifically, we discuss the implications of the design and selection of the types of blocks given to learners in these environments and how they may affect students’ thinking about the process of modeling and theorizing. We conclude with a discussion of some preliminary findings in this design based research to inform design principles for block-based programming of science phenomena as a medium for learning to build theory.
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