Characterizing student theory building in the context of block-based agent-based modeling microworlds

Hillary Swanson, Kit Martin, Bruce Sherin, Uri Wilensky

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Abstract

Engaging students in authentic science practices is critical to science education. This paper presents the design of a block-based agent-based modeling microworld meant to support students’ engagement in the scientific practice of theory building. We characterize the theory building of one student, Sage, in the context of her construction of a model of a zombie apocalypse. Using a fine-grained analysis, we identify critical elements of Sage’s theory building, including moves pertaining to her initial articulation, testing, refinement and application of the model, as well as meta-knowledge about the nature of the model. We present these elements and then illustrate each using data from Sage’s construction of the zombie apocalypse model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages1701-1704
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467279
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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