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Scientific discovery learning with computer simulations of conceptual domains

Abstract : 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 very 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 discovery 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.
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Ton de Jong, Wouter van Joolingen. Scientific discovery learning with computer simulations of conceptual domains. Review of Educational Research, SAGE Publications, 1998, 68, pp.179- 202. ⟨hal-00190680⟩



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