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Simulation and learning: the role of mental models

, E-Learning, Allianz, Trieste, Italy

Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society Volume 5, Number 2, ISSN 1826-6223 e-ISSN 1826-6223 Publisher: Italian e-Learning Association


A successful educational use of simulations at school and in formative courses requires a careful consideration of the cognitive mechanisms of learning. The most interesting educational simulations are not so much those which want to be a copy of reality, but those which favour in the student a process of internalization of the simulated model and a process of externalization and comparison of one’s mental models. Education based on models represents a new and promising paradigm in the designing and the didactic use of simulations.


Landriscina, F. (2009). Simulation and learning: the role of mental models. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 5(2), 23-32. Italian e-Learning Association. Retrieved December 1, 2022 from .



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