Model-Based Inquiry in Computer-Supported Learning Environments: The Case of Go-Lab



This chapter focuses on model-based inquiry in computer-supported environments, especially through the use of the Go-Lab platform ( Go-Lab is an online learning platform that offers students the opportunity to engage in inquiry-based science learning, in a structured and supportive manner, by providing environments for learning (i.e., Inquiry Learning Spaces), where virtual or remote laboratories and software scaffolds (e.g., tools for generating hypotheses and designing experiments) that support inquiry learning processes have been integrated. The purpose of this chapter is to unravel how the Go-Lab platform, especially some of its virtual laboratories, can be used for model-based learning. In so doing, we discuss core requirements for model-based inquiry in expressing, testing, and revising models. Further, we present three examples of Go-Lab virtual laboratories, with modeling and simulation affordances, to explain how they could be used by educators as means for enacting model-based inquiry.


Affordance Guidance Model-based inquiry Inquiry cycle Modeling tool 



This book chapter reports on work undertaken within the frame of the Go-Lab project (Project title: Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School; Call identifier: FP7-ICT-2011-8; Project number: 317601) funded by the European Union. The present document does not represent the opinion of the European Union, and the European Union should not be held responsible for any use that might be made of its content.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and EducationUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Centre for Educational Technology, Institute of Education, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia
  3. 3.Department of Instructional Technology, Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social SciencesUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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