Modeling as Inquiry Activity in School Science: What’s the Point?

  • William Barowy
  • Nancy Roberts
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


“What’s the point?” Asked a middle-school student who was given the task of exploring modeling software with her partner in a clinical interview. Having no prior exposure to the computer model, and having been given no other directions than what they needed to run a simulation, she and her partner questioned the authenticity of the moment. They had just met the interviewers, and a camcorder was located behind them, pointed over their shoulders at the computer screen. In the process of designing the interview to explore student inquiry with computer models in the least invasive way, we as researchers created a context that made no sense to the students.


Science Education Conceptual Change Causal Model Rational Evaluation Classroom Experiment 
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