Cognitive artifacts, technology and physics learning

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Certain types of computer software are powerful cognitive artifacts. A cognitive artifact is a tool to enhance cognition, allowing the user to create and explore "concrete-abstract objects" and "worlds from ideas" and check how well these "worlds" can correspond to "real worlds," or make sense of "imagined worlds." Cognitive artifacts can become an essential tool in teaching and learning in physics education, making learning of complex abstract difficult concepts and models more significative and epistemologically grounded.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning
EditorsNorbert Seel
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media, LLC
ISBN (Print)978-1-4419-5503-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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