Construction of Models to Promote Scientific Understanding

  • Michele Wisnudel Spitulnik
  • Joeseph Krajcik
  • Elliot Soloway
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


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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  • Michele Wisnudel Spitulnik
  • Joeseph Krajcik
  • Elliot Soloway

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