Scientific discovery learning with computer simulations of conceptual domains

Ton de Jong, Wouter van Joolingen

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Scientific discovery learning is a highly self-directed and constructivistic form of learning. A computer simulation is a type of computer-based environment that is well suited for discovery learning, the main task of the learner being to infer, through experimentation, characteristics of the model underlying the simulation. In this article we give a review of the observed effectiveness and efficiency of discovev learning in simulation environments together with problems that learners may encounter in discovery learning, and we discuss how simulations may be combined with instructional support in order to overcome these problems.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)179-202
Number of pages23
JournalReview of educational research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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  • IR-26788

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