Development of disciplined interpretation using computational modeling in the elementary science classroom

Amy Voss Farris, Amanda Catherine Dickes, Pratim Sengupta

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Abstract

Studies of scientists building models show that the development of scientific models involves a great deal of subjectivity. However, science as experienced in school settings typically emphasizes an overly objective and rationalistic view. In this paper, we argue for focusing on the development of disciplined interpretation as an epistemic and representational practice that progressively deepens students' computational modeling in science by valuing, rather than deemphasizing, the subjective nature of the experience of modeling. We report results from a study in which fourth grade children engaged in computational modeling throughout the academic year. We present three salient themes that characterize the development of students' disciplined interpretations in terms of their development of computational modeling as a way of seeing and doing science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Ulrike Cress, Peter Reimann
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages282-289
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355090
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Farris, A. V., Dickes, A. C., & Sengupta, P. (2016). Development of disciplined interpretation using computational modeling in the elementary science classroom. In C-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 282-289). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).