Redesigning your city - a constructionist environment for urban planning education

Arthur Hjorth, Uri Wilensky

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In spite of decades of use of agent-based modelling in social policy research and in educational contexts, very little work has been done on combining the two. This paper accounts for a proof-of-concept single case-study conducted in a college-level Social Policy course, using agent-based modelling to teach students about the social and human aspects of urban planning and regional development. The study finds that an agent-based model helped a group of students think through a social policy design decision by acting as an object-to-think-with, and helped students better connect social policy outcomes with behaviours at the level of individual citizens. The study also suggests a set of new issues facing the design of Constructionist activities or environments for the social sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages12
JournalInformatics in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • Agent-based modelling
  • Constructionism
  • NetLogo
  • Social policy education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications

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