-The Simulation Paradox: If Simulations are Good for Learning, where are they?, The Epistemic Status of Simulation, Simulation Myths and Fads. -An Introduction to Simulation for Learning: What is Simulation for Learning, The Need for a Generalist Approach, Differences between Simulation and Games, Simulation and Cognition. - Models Everywhere: A Concept at the Crossroads of Different Disciplines, Types of Models, The Representational Issue, Functions of Models, Model-Based Learning. -The Epistemic Cycle: A Model of Modeling, The Reality-System Loop, The System-Model Loop, The Model-Simulation Loop. -Simulation Modeling: Simulation Paradigms, Continuous Models, Agent-Based Modeling, System Dynamics. -Simulation-Based Learning: Learning with Simulations, Simulative Reasoning, The Role of Mental Simulation, Simulation and Cognitive Partnering. -Simulation-based Instruction: From Computational Models to Instructional Units, Simulation and Cognitive Load, An Instructional Design Perspective, Simulation and Science Education, Modeling Skills, Simulation Literacy.- Conclusions.
Emphasizes the connection between simulation and mental process
Provides in-depth analysis of the relationships between simulation and mental models
Demonstrates ways that simulation can be used support conceptual change
Connects simulation with embodied cognition and the extended mind hypothesis
Provides concrete examples and guidelines for designing instructionally effective simulations