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IJEEEE 2011 Vol.1(2): 151-155 ISSN: 2010-3654
DOI: 10.7763/IJEEEE.2011.V1.24

The Contribution of Learning by Modeling (LbM) to Students' Understanding of Complexity Concepts

Kamel Hashem and David Mioduser

Abstract—This paper describes part of a project about Learning-by-Modeling (LbM). The ideas of complexity are increasingly becoming an integral part in understanding natural and social sciences. Previous research indicates that involvement with modeling scientific phenomena and complex systems can play a powerful role in science learning. Some researchers argue with this view indicating that models and modeling do not contribute to understanding complexity concepts, since these increases the cognitive load on students. This study investigates the effect of different modes of involvement in exploring scientific phenomena using a computer agent-based modeling tool, on students’ understanding of complexity concepts. Quantitative and qualitative methods are used to report about 121 freshmen students that engaged in participatory simulations about complex phenomena, showing emergent, self organized and decentralized patterns. Results show that LbM plays a major role in students' concept formation about complexity concepts.

Index Terms—Agent Based Modeling, Complex Systems,Learning by Modeling, Mental Models.

Kamel Hashem is with the Department of Learning Sciences, School of Educational Sciences, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine. (phone:972-522-292996; fax: 972-265-64511; e-mail: hashemk@alquds.edu).
Prof. David Mioduser is with the Department of Education in Math Science and Technology, School of Education, Tel-Aviv University,Tel-Aviv, Israel. (e-mail: miodu@post.tau.ac.il).

Cite: Kamel Hashem and David Mioduser, "The Contribution of Learning by Modeling (LbM) to Students' Understanding of Complexity Concepts," International Journal of e-Education,  e-Business,  e-Management  and
vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 151-155, 2011.  

General Information

ISSN: 2010-3654 (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. e-Educ. e-Bus. e-Manag. e-Learn.
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Lau
Abstracting/ Indexing: EBSCO, Google Scholar, Electronic Journals Library, QUALIS, ProQuest, EI (INSPEC, IET)
E-mail: ijeeee@iap.org
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