Simulation and Learning

A Model-Centered Approach

  • Franco Landriscina

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 211-236

About this book


This book conveys the incredible instructional potential of simulation as a modality of education and provides guidelines for the design of effective simulation-based learning environments.  The framework of the book consists of  model-centered learning---learning that requires a restructuring of individual mental models utilized by both students and teachers.

Simulation models extend our biological capacity to carry out simulative reasoning. Recent approaches to mental modeling, such as embodied cognition and the extended mind hypothesis are also considered in the book, which relies heavily on recent advances in cognitive science.

A conceptual model called the “epistemic simulation cycle” is proposed as a blueprint for the comprehension of the cognitive activities involved in simulation-based learning and for instructional design.


Concept models for cognition Embodied cognition Model-based instructional design Model-centered learning Simulation and learning Simulation design Simulative reasoning Systems dynamics in teaching and learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Franco Landriscina
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  1. 1., Dipartimento di Studi UmanisticiUniversità degli Studi di TriesteTriesteItaly

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