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Researcher Resnick, Mitchel ♦ Zuckerman, Oren
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword System Block ♦ Hands-on Modeling ♦ System Concept ♦ Dynamic Behavior ♦ Dynamic System ♦ Multiple Representation ♦ Positive Feedback ♦ Social System ♦ Dynamic Process ♦ System Behavior ♦ Pre-college Student ♦ Playful Exploration ♦ Preschool Student ♦ Business Process ♦ Multiple Learning Style ♦ Exploratory Study ♦ Financial Market ♦ Th Grade Student ♦ Net-flow Dynamic ♦ Core Concept
Abstract The world is complex and dynamic. Our lives and environment are constantly changing. We are surrounded by all types of interconnected, dynamic systems: ecosystems, financial markets, business processes, and social systems. Nevertheless, research has shown that people’s understanding of dynamic behavior is extremely poor. In this thesis I present System Blocks, a new learning technology that facilitates hands-on modeling and simulation of dynamic behavior. System Blocks, by making processes visible and manipulable, can help people learn about the core concepts of systems. System Blocks provide multiple representations of system behavior (using lights, sounds, and graphs), in order to support multiple learning styles and more playful explorations of dynamic processes. I report on an exploratory study I conducted with ten 5 th grade students and five preschool students. The students used System Blocks to model and simulate systems, and interacted with concepts that are traditionally considered “too hard” for pre-college students, such as net-flow dynamics and positive feedback. My
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Thesis
Publisher Date 2004-01-01