Learning from erroneous models using SCYDynamics

Y.G. Mulder, Lars Bollen, Ton de Jong

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Abstract

Dynamic phenomena are common in science education. Students can learn about such system dynamic processes through model based learning activities. This paper describes a study on the effects of a learning from erroneous models approach using the learning environment SCYDynamics. The study compared three conditions. Two experimental conditions where students had to correct errors in a model were contrasted to working with a correct model. The experimental conditions differed on whether or not the students had to detect the errors before correcting them. Results indicate that this approach enhanced students’ model testing and revising activities. Furthermore this approach was found to have a beneficial effect on learning common errors. Contrary to expectations this approach showed no learning effect on domain knowledge acquisition. The discussion further elaborates on improvements that might enhance this learning from erroneous model approach
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGood Governance in a Complex World: Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
Place of PublicationDelft
Pages-
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2014
Event32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 2014: Good governance in a complex world - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Jul 201424 Jul 2014
Conference number: 32

Conference

Conference32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 2014
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period20/07/1424/07/14

Keywords

  • IR-93672
  • METIS-308107

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    Mulder, Y. G., Bollen, L., & de Jong, T. (2014). Learning from erroneous models using SCYDynamics. In Good Governance in a Complex World: Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society (pp. -). Delft.