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Understanding Models for Learning and Instruction

  • Dirk Ifenthaler
  • Pablo Pirnay-Dummer
  • J. Michael Spector
  • International collaboration with current perspectives on the research of mental models

  • Contributors from a wide variety of educational research and innovative work in the area of mental models

  • Combines Seel's three fields of interest: foundations and methodologies of mental models, model-based theories of instruction, and engineering the model-based learning environment


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Foundations and Methodologies of Mental Model Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Valerie J. Shute, Diego Zapata-Rivera
      Pages 23-41
    3. M. Mikkilä-Erdmann, M. Penttinen, E. Anto, E. Olkinuora
      Pages 63-79
    4. Sabine Al-Diban
      Pages 81-101
  3. Model-Based Theories of Instruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-104
    2. Pablo Pirnay-Dummer
      Pages 105-143
    3. David Jonassen, Young Hoan Cho
      Pages 145-159
    4. Ulrike Hanke
      Pages 175-186
  4. Engineering the Model Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-188
    2. Sanne Dijkstra, Henny Leemkuil
      Pages 189-210
    3. Gerhard Weber
      Pages 225-245
    4. Patrick Blumschein
      Pages 247-275
    5. Tristan E. Johnson, Wen-hai D. Huang
      Pages 305-325
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 327-330

About this book


For more than 25 years, the pioneering research and theories of Norbert Seel have had a profound impact on educational thought in mathematics. In this special tribute, an international panel of researchers present the current state of model-based education: its research, methodology, and technology. Fifteen stimulating, sometimes playful chapters link the multiple ways of constructing knowledge (and domains as diverse as cognitive science, computer science, and philosophy) to the complex real world of skill development; generalize model-based theories into educational settings; and explain how to design and evaluate model-centered learning environments. Extensive reading lists, provocative graphics, and a wealth of cultural touchstones from the Bible to Bob Dylan make Understanding Models for Learning and Instruction an accessible yet thought provoking collection.

A sampling of the topics covered:

  • Evidence-based assessment of learning models
  • Translating cognitive theory into educational practice
  • New approaches to tracking mental change over time
  • Applying psychoeducational theory to the hands-on classroom
  • Using games as a strategy for constructing model-centered learning environments
  • Externalizing mental models with Mindtools

This synthesis of latest innovations and fresh perspectives on classic constructs makes Understanding Models for Learning and Instruction cutting-edge reading for the researchers and educators in mathematics instruction building the next generation of educational models.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Ifenthaler
    • 1
  • Pablo Pirnay-Dummer
    • 1
  • J. Michael Spector
    • 2
  1. 1.Albert-Ludwigs UniversityGermany
  2. 2.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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