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Developing Models in Science Education

  • John K. Gilbert
  • Carolyn J. Boulter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. On the Nature and Significance of Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John K. Gilbert, Carolyn J. Boulter, Roger Elmer
      Pages 3-17
    3. John K. Gilbert, Mauricio Pietrocola, Arden Zylbersztajn, Creso Franco
      Pages 19-40
    4. Carolyn J. Boulter, Barbara C. Buckley
      Pages 41-57
    5. David Malvern
      Pages 59-90
  3. The Development of Mental Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-92
    2. Creso Franco, Dominique Colinvaux
      Pages 93-118
    3. Roger Elmer, Trevor Davies
      Pages 137-156
    4. Miriam Reiner
      Pages 157-176
    5. Patrick Carmichael
      Pages 177-189
  4. Teaching and Learning Consensus Models

About this book


Models and modelling play a central role in the nature of science, in its conduct, in the accreditation and dissemination of its outcomes, as well as forming a bridge to technology. They therefore have an important place in both the formal and informal science education provision made for people of all ages. This book is a product of five years collaborative work by eighteen researchers from four countries. It addresses four key issues: the roles of models in science and their implications for science education; the place of models in curricula for major science subjects; the ways that models can be presented to, are learned about, and can be produced by, individuals; the implications of all these for research and for science teacher education. The work draws on insights from the history and philosophy of science, cognitive psychology, sociology, linguistics, and classroom research, to establish what may be done and what is done. The book will be of interest to researchers in science education and to those taking courses of advanced study throughout the world.


Creativity Thought cognitive psychology philosophy of science science

Editors and affiliations

  • John K. Gilbert
    • 1
  • Carolyn J. Boulter
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of ReadingReadingUK

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