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The Role of Model Building in Problem Solving and Conceptual Change

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Interactive Learning Environments Volume 19, Number 3, ISSN 1049-4820


This study examines the effects of the activity of building systems models for school-based problems on problem solving and on conceptual change in elementary science classes. During a unit on the water cycle in an Asian elementary school, students constructed systems models of the water cycle. We found that representing ill-structured problems as system models improves problem solving as well as creating beneficial conceptual change related to the topic. (Contains 7 figures and 2 tables.)


Lee, C.B., Jonassen, D. & Teo, T. (2011). The Role of Model Building in Problem Solving and Conceptual Change. Interactive Learning Environments, 19(3), 247-265. Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .

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