Enhancing Simulation-Based Learning through Active External Integration of Representations

In: Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society / Forbus, Kenneth D.; Gentner, Dedre; Regier, Terry (Hrsg.)
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum (2004), S. 138-143
Buchaufsatz / Kapitel / Fach: Angewandte Kognitionswissenschaften
Discovery learning with computer simulations is a demanding
task for many learners. Frequently, even fostering systematic
and goal-oriented learning behavior does not lead to better
learning outcomes. This can be due to missing prerequisites
such as the coherent mental integration of different types of
representations comprised in the simulations and in the
surrounding learning environment. Prior studies indicated that
learning performances can be enhanced by encouraging
learners to interactively and externally relate different static
sources of information to each other before exploring
dynamic and interactive visualizations. In an experimental
study addressing the domain of mechanics it was largely
confirmed that the active external integration of representations
can improve simulation-based learning outcomes.