Challenges and Opportunities of Developing Models in Science Education

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Abstract

This book is concerned with the nature and role of models and modelling in science and technology and with their significance for education. This has entailed addressing the teaching and learning of models in educational settings and the scope and nature of the representational forms used. In this last Chapter we will draw together and extend these issues to look at some key questions: Why is a model-based approach to the curriculum and the teaching and learning of science important? What are the consequences when model-based approaches to teaching and learning are implemented in practice? What agendas for research and development arise from the answers given to these questions.