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A modeling approach to teaching evolutionary biology in high schools part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article addresses common student misconceptions of evolutionary biology concepts by discussing the philosophy of understanding evolution and the development of a 9-week high school evolutionary ...

Individual differences in solving physics problems part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This chapter examines the nature of skill and expertise through the detailed analysis of a study that captures the processes an expert subject and a novice subject use to solve simple kinematics ...

GasLab-an Extensible Modeling Toolkit for Exploring Micro- and Macro- Views of Gases part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This chapter is set in the context of dynamic systems modeling and the Connected Probability Project. It discusses uses of StarLogo, an object-based parallel modeling language (OBPML), and StarLogoT, ...

Modeling Nature's Emergent Patterns with Multi-Agent Languages part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper asserts that the inclusion of complex systems perspectives in school curricula would help students see connections between various knowledge domains. More specifically, learners using ...

Thinking in Levels: A Dynamic Systems Perspective to Making Sense of the World. part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper advocates for an expanded role for the concept of emergent levels in science education, an approach that encourages students to view math and science as a system or network of emerging ...

Research methodologies in science education; assessing students' alternative conceptions part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article explores three conceptual understanding topics: barriers to understanding, instructional strategies to help students understand fundamental geoscience concepts, and determining if and ...

Naive Theories of Motion part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This chapter discusses knowledge of motion gained by experience, or naive theories of motion, and how experiential knowledge interacts with knowledge gained in the classroom. It describes research ...

Research on conceptual understanding in mechanics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper discusses research on the learning and teaching of some basic physics mechanics concepts. Several specific examples from representative investigations are presented in order to illustrate ...

The Implications of Cognitive Studies for Teaching Physics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article reviews lessons learned from cognitive studies. It suggests that results of cognitive studies provide a framework that is transferable to talking about and understanding how physics ...

Conceptions of natural selection: A snapshot of the sense making process part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This study investigates why students retain naïve explanations of natural phenomena even after being presented with scientifically acceptable explanations and whether changes over time ...