Visualization: Theory and Practice in Science Education

  • John K. Gilbert
  • Miriam Reiner
  • Mary Nakhleh

Part of the Models and Modeling in Science Education book series (MMSE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-2
  2. Visualization: An Emergent Field of Practice and Enquiry in Science Education

  3. The Nature and Development of Visualization: A Review of what is Known

  4. The Design of Units and Courses Focused on Visualization

  5. Learning with External Representations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-189
    2. Mary B. Nakhleh, Brian Postek
      Pages 209-231
    3. Vera Michalchik, Anders Rosenquist, Robert Kozma, Patty Kreikemeier, Patricia Schank
      Pages 233-282
    4. M. Gail Jones, Bethany Broadwell
      Pages 283-294
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-325

About this book


External representations (pictures, diagrams, graphs, concrete models) have always been valuable tools for the science teacher. The formation of personal, internal, representations – visualizations – from them plays a key role in all learning, especially in that of science. The use of personal computers and sophisticated software has expanded into the areas of simulation, virtual reality, and animation, and students now engage in the creation of models, a key aspect of scientific methodology. Several academic disciplines underlie these developments, yet act independently of each other, to the detriment of an attainment of what is possible. This book brings together the insights of practicing scientists, science education researchers, computer specialists, and cognitive scientists, to produce a coherent overview. It links presentations about the cognitive theory of representation and visualization, its implications for science curriculum design, and for learning and teaching in classrooms and laboratories.


classroom practice curriculum design evaluation information learning representation theory visualization

Editors and affiliations

  • John K. Gilbert
    • 1
  • Miriam Reiner
    • 2
  • Mary Nakhleh
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of ReadingUK
  2. 2.TechnionIsrael Institute of TechnologyIsrael
  3. 3.Purdue UniversityUSA

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