External representations (pictures, diagrams, graphs, concrete models) have always been valuable tools for the science teacher. This book brings together the insights of practicing scientists, science education researchers, computer specialists, and cognitive scientists, to produce a coherent overview. It links presentations about cognitive theory, its implications for science curriculum design, and for learning and teaching in classrooms and laboratories.
Central roles of representation and visualization in all learning, especially of science
Rapid growth of use of computer-based virtual representations in science education
Bringing together of insights of scientists, cognitive scientists, science education researchers, computer graphics specialists, science teachers
Coverage of cognitive theory and implications for curriculum design
Implications for classroom and laboratory learning and teaching