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Teaching With Models part of Models
Created by Bob MacKay, Clark College "Scientific practice involves the construction, validation and application of scientific models, so science instruction should be designed to engage students in making and ...

What is a Model? part of Models
A model can come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. It is important to emphasize that a model is not the real world but merely a human construct to help us better understand real world systems. In general all ...

Why are Models Useful? part of Models
Why are models important and useful for students? Modeling Methodology for Physics Teachers (more info) (1998) offers one of the most compelling reasons to use models in an introductory geoscience classroom. ...

How to Use Models part of Models
In thinking about how to incorporate modeling activities into introductory geoscience courses, there are two important classes of considerations: technical and pedagogical. Technical Considerations include: ...

Interactive Engagement part of Models
Interactive Engagement (IE) is achieved by questioning students or challenging them to think or to do something that requires thought. Students interact with each other, with the instructor as a coach or guide, or ...

Systems Thinking & System Dynamics part of Models
There are several key concepts important to systems thinking and system dynamics that can be incorporated into an introductory geoscience course. These include: Equilibrium and stability System's behavior ...

Feedback Loops part of Models
Feedback Loops can enhance or buffer changes that occur in a system. Positive feedback loops enhance or amplify changes; this tends to move a system away from its equilibrium state and make it more ...

Equilibrium, Stability, and Behavior over time part of Models
Equilibrium, Stability, Behavior Over Time, Linear Process, and Time Delays Equilibrium and Stability To understand feedback processes it is important to understand the concepts of equilibrium and stability. ...

Definition part of Models
What is a Model? Definition quoted from Modeling Methodology for Physics Teachers (more info) (1997). A model is a representation of structure in a physical system and/or its properties. It describes (or specifies) ...

Modeling Examples part of Models
The links below will take you to the broweable example collections in the areas of Starting Point about different sub-types of models. Conceptual Model Examples Mathematical and Statistical Model Examples Examples ...

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