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What is the Modelling Curriculum?

A paper presented at CAL 89 with Margaret Stevens and subsequently published in the journal Computers in Education
When Apr 10, 1989 to
Apr 13, 1989
Where Guildford
Abstract–This paper describes the benefits which might accrue from modelling as an activity for learners. Some approaches taken to teach modelling are discussed and criticised. the learner's purpose modelling is suggested to be critical in engaging them in this formal and theoretic field and it is suggested that presentation and communication of ideas in the context of project work may be appropriate. An analysis of parts of the modelling process is presented to highlight some of the hidden steps which appropriate modelling software may usefully expose. Finally some prototype software developed by the Integrated Modelling Project to explore these problems is described.

This paper enabled us to clarify an abstraction of the modelling process based on our experience and analysis of a wide range of software and teaching modelling in classrooms with young people and adults. It was the first 'outing' for an expression-evaluation model of learning, albeit in the narrow context of using software.

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893

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