Commentary: A Framework for Supporting Learning and Teaching About Mathematical and Scientific Models
Anthony J. Petrosino, The University of Texas at Austin, United States
CITE Journal Volume 3, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
It was with great interest that I recently read Using Technology to Support Prospective Science Teachers in Learning and Teaching About Scientific Models (Cullin & Crawford, 2003). This article presented a convincing argument that the role of models and modeling in science education represented an important and often neglected aspect of investigative science in the classroom. Specifically, the paper presented efforts to engage preservice secondary science teachers participating in a methods course and teaching practicum in modeling experiences ultimately brought to the fore by building and testing dynamic computer models. While the results were mixed, there was a demonstrated shift in the preservice teachers' views of model use from a teacher-centered use for explaining concepts to a student-centered approach using models to learn about natural phenomena.
Petrosino, A.J. (2003). Commentary: A Framework for Supporting Learning and Teaching About Mathematical and Scientific Models. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 3(3), 288-299. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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