Improving science and mathematics education with computational modelling in interactive engagement environments

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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.

Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages1806-1809
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
EventICNAAM 2012: International Conference of Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics -
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceICNAAM 2012: International Conference of Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics
Period1/01/12 → …

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