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Author Ioannidou, Andri ♦ Repenning, Alexander ♦ Zola, John
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Prolific Copying ♦ Running Simulation Student ♦ Complex Issue ♦ Java Applet ♦ Various Degree ♦ Resulting Artifact Experience Difficulty ♦ Pasting Approach ♦ Student Actual Understanding ♦ Project-oriented Course ♦ Social Study Class ♦ Information Resource ♦ Topic Area ♦ Student Build Interactive Web-based Simulation ♦ Relevant Question ♦ Trivial One
Description In project-oriented courses, students often research a topic guided by a number of relevant questions and then collect and present their findings in the form of a report or a posterboard. Recently, and with various degrees of success, the web is used as an information resource. Teachers evaluating the resulting artifacts experience difficulty in differentiating between students actual understanding of the topic area and prolific copying and pasting approaches. In the context of a social studies class, we explored the idea of having students build interactive web-based simulations instead of posterboards as means to gain a deeper understanding of complex issues. To build a running simulation students cannot simply paste existing pieces together. Instead, they are actively engaged students by being forced to map one kind of representation onto another. At the same time, the notion of simulation is not a trivial one. Fully appreciating the value of simulations requires time a...
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1998-01-01