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Wagh, Aditi; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2018
Extensive research has shown that one of the benefits of programming to learn about scientific phenomena is that it facilitates learning about mechanisms underlying the phenomenon. However, using programming activities in classrooms is associated with costs such as requiring additional time to learn to program or students needing prior experience…
Descriptors: Evolution, Programming, Computer Uses in Education, Comparative Analysis
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Berland, Matthew; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Both complex systems methods (such as agent-based modeling) and computational methods (such as programming) provide powerful ways for students to understand new phenomena. To understand how to effectively teach complex systems and computational content to younger students, we conducted a study in four urban middle school classrooms comparing…
Descriptors: Robotics, Comparative Analysis, Computer Simulation, Systems Approach
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Buckley, Barbara C.; Gobert, Janice D.; Kindfield, Ann C. H.; Horwitz, Paul; Tinker, Robert F.; Gerlits, Bobbi; Wilensky, Uri; Dede, Chris; Willett, John – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2004
This paper describes part of a project called Modeling Across the Curriculum which is a large-scale research study in 15 schools across the United States. The specific data presented and discussed here in this paper is based on BioLogica, a hypermodel, interactive environment for learning genetics, which was implemented in multiple classes in…
Descriptors: Genetics, Field Tests, Models, High Schools