Constructing entities in scientific models

Leslie Atkins Elliott, Lauren Barth-Cohen

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Science education research on modeling has often overlooked the prevalence of theoretical objects in scientific models. The phenomena being modeled are often not observable (e.g., what causes a ball to move), but theoretical (e.g., what causes kinetic energy to increase); similarly, objects responsible for those phenomena are often not tangible, but theoretical. Supporting students modeling requires support for developing theoretical objects that populate models, and embodied representations may uniquely support the construction of theoretical objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1679-1680
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue number2018-June
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2018: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 23 2018Jun 27 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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