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An Instructional Design Model for Teaching Pre-Service Elementary Teachers to Teach Science with Computer Models

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Many reported studies about models and modeling clearly indicate that teachers need to be knowledgeable about the role of models and modeling in science and need to be engaged in rich modeling activities, so that they become able to use models in science teaching and learning. In view of adequately preparing pre-service teachers to teach science through models, the authors herein discuss an instructional design model that was developed to guide pre-service teachers' preparation in the pedagogical uses of computer models. After the intervention, pre-service teachers were asked to propose two science topics to be taught with computer models and to design a lesson for each topic. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses were conducted to assess preservice teachers' lessons. Recommendations about how the instructional design model can be further improved in future teacher preparation programs are also discussed.

Keywords: COMPUTER MODELING; DESIGN-BASED RESEARCH; INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN; MODELING IN SCIENCE; PRE-SERVICE EDUCATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/asl.2011.2042

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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  • ADVANCED SCIENCE LETTERS is an international peer-reviewed journal with a very wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all areas of (1) Physical Sciences, (2) Biological Sciences, (3) Mathematical Sciences, (4) Engineering, (5) Computer and Information Sciences, and (6) Geosciences to publish original short communications, full research papers and timely brief (mini) reviews with authors photo and biography encompassing the basic and applied research and current developments in educational aspects of these scientific areas.
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