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Title: Improving science and mathematics education with computational modelling in interactive engagement environments
Authors: Neves, Rui
Teodoro, Vítor
Keywords: Physics
Computational Modelling
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Citation: Neves, R., & Teodoro, V. (2012). Improving science and mathematics education with computational modelling in interactive engagement environments. In T. Simos, G. Psihoyios, C. Tsitouras & Z. Anastassi (Eds.), Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2012, AIP Conference Proceedings 1479, 1806-1809.
Abstract: A teaching approach aiming at an epistemologically balanced integration of computational modelling in science and mathematics education is presented. The approach is based on interactive engagement learning activities built around computational modelling experiments that span the range of different kinds of modelling from explorative to expressive modelling. The activities are designed to make a progressive introduction to scientific computation without requiring prior development of a working knowledge of programming, generate and foster the resolution of cognitive conflicts in the understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts and promote performative competency in the manipulation of different and complementary representations of mathematical models. The activities are supported by interactive PDF documents which explain the fundamental concepts, methods and reasoning processes using text, images and embedded movies, and include free space for multimedia enriched student modelling reports and teacher feedback. To illustrate, an example from physics implemented in the Modellus environment and tested in undergraduate university general physics and biophysics courses is discussed.
Peer Reviewed: yes
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1063/1.4756529
ISBN: 978-0-7354-1091-6
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