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Pallant, Amy; Tinker, Robert F. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2004
The studies reported in this paper are an initial effort to explore the applicability of computational models in introductory science learning. Two instructional interventions are described that use a molecular dynamics model embedded in a set of online learning activities with middle and high school students in 10 classrooms. The studies indicate…
Descriptors: Models, Science Education, Intervention, Learning Activities
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Gobert, Janice D.; Pallant, Amy – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2004
A curriculum unit for middle school Earth Science called "What's on Your Plate?" was designed. The unit was implemented in several middle and high school classrooms in California and Massachusetts. In the first implementation, the total number of students who participated was 1100. The unit was designed with two main pedagogical…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Epistemology, Models, Earth Science