Construction of Models to Promote Scientific Understanding
Students should use scientific knowledge to build explanations of phenomena and to make informed decisions (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1993; National Research Council, 1996). We propose promoting the use of scientific knowledge by involving students in the construction of models. This chapter (1) describes a curricular unit designed to promote inquiry, collaboration, and the building of dynamic models; (2) presents one case study that examines students’ understandings as they engage in this type of learning environment; and (3) reflects on the usefulness of a model-building environment with respect to science understanding.
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