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Title: Modellus: Learning Physics with Mathematical Modelling
Author: Teodoro, Vítor
Advisor: Valente, Maria Odete
Silva, Cândido Marciano
Defense Date: 2002
Publisher: Universidade Nova de Lisboa: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
Abstract: Computers are now a major tool in research and development in almost all scientific and technological fields. Despite recent developments, this is far from true for learning environments in schools and most undergraduate studies. This thesis proposes a framework for designing curricula where computers, and computer modelling in particular, are a major tool for learning. The framework, based on research on learning science and mathematics and on computer user interface, assumes that: 1) learning is an active process of creating meaning from representations; 2) learning takes place in a community of practice where students learn both from their own effort and from external guidance; 3) learning is a process of becoming familiar with concepts, with links between concepts, and with representations; 4) direct manipulation user interfaces allow students to explore concrete-abstract objects such as those of physics and can be used by students with minimal computer knowledge.
Description: Tese de doutoramento em Ciências da Educação, área de Teoria Curricular e Ensino das Ciências
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FCT: DCSA - Teses de Doutoramento

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