Dynamic Diagrams: A Composition Alternative

  • Richard Lowe
  • Jean-Michel Boucheix
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7352)


A major problem that learners face in comprehending animated diagrams is in decomposing the presented information into a form that furnishes appropriate raw material for building high quality mental models. This paper proposes an alternative to existing design approaches that shifts the prime focus from the nature of the external representation to the internal composition activity learners engage in during mental model construction.


dynamic diagrams decomposition composition comprehension 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Lowe
    • 1
  • Jean-Michel Boucheix
    • 2
  1. 1.Curtin UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.University of BurgundyFrance

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