First Published in 1994. This book is about modelling in education. It is about providing children with computer tools to enable them to create their own worlds, to express their own representations of their world, and also to explore other people's representations - learning with artificial worlds. This title is best suited for the classroom teacher who has used some modelling, and now wishes to seriously consider the role of modelling within their curriculum.
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Part 1 The nature of modelling: computational issues in modelling, Jon Ogborn and Rob Miller; representations and representation systems, Haralambos Sakondis. Part 2 Mathematics and reality: reasoning with a quantitative modelling tool, Richard Boohan and Tim Brosnan; integrating situated-based and algebraic approaches - the role of spreadsheets, Rosamund Sutherland; models and metaphors in reasoning about probability, Peter Wilder. Part 3 Commonsense reasoning about quantities: reasoning with a semi-quantitative tool, Joan Bliss. Part 4 Thinking with objects, links and logic: an introduction to qualitative modelling tool, Joan Bliss and Haralambos Sakondis; creating worlds with objects and events, Richard Boohan.