Using log files to track students' model-based inquiry

Barbara C. Buckley, Janice D. Gobert, Paul Horwitz

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

25 Scopus citations

Abstract

We report on the Modeling Across the Curriculum Project (mac.concord.org), a 5-year study funded by the IERI program (IERI # 0115699). In this project we are using qualitative model-based tools for inquiry in three science domains (Genetics, Gas Laws, & Newtonian Mechanics) to promote scientific literacy on a broad scale, namely, content knowledge, process skills, and epistemologies of science (Perkins, 1986). The process skills we focus on in this project are model-based inquiry skills; epistemological constructs of interest here are students' epistemologies of models as a subset of epistemology of science (Gobert & Discenna, 1997; Schwartz & White, 1999). Our technological infrastructure, Pedagogica™ (Horwitz & Burke, 2002) logs all students' interactions with our hypermodels (Horwitz & Christie, 1999). We use students' log files as performance assessments of model-based inquiry on inquiry tasks called "hot spots" and track changes in inquiry skills over time both within and across domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Pages57-63
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006 - Bloomington, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2006Jul 1 2006

Publication series

NameICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Volume1

Conference

Conference7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBloomington, IN
Period6/27/067/1/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Using log files to track students' model-based inquiry'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this