A qualitative modeling environment for middle-school students: A progress report


Ken Forbus, Karen Carney, Rob Harris, and Bruce Sherin


Abstract: Learning how to create, test, and revise models is a central skill in scientific reasoning. We argue that qualitative modeling provides an appropriate level of representation for helping middle-school students learn to become modelers. We describe a system we have created that uses visual representations to provide a student-friendly notation for creating qualitative models. This system is currently undergoing pilot testing in Chicago Public School classrooms, using curricula developed in collaboration with teachers.


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