Cognition & Technology
November 10
CEP 909
Fall 2005
Stuff by day

In class:

  • Discuss Ongoing Study Measure Developments
  • In Class Activity (StarLogo) Discuss Readings
  • Time Allowing Discuss Big Ideas in Simulations

Required Readings:

Read one of the studies on Simulation. Be prepared to talk about it:

A summary of what it was about, the conditions, measures, and materials they used. What they found out, and what you think it means.

Zhang, J., Chen, Q., & Reid, D.J. (2000). Simulation-based scientific discovery learning: a research on the effects of experimental support and learners’ reasoning ability.(Download).

Klopfer, E., Yoon, S., & Um, T. (2005). Teaching complex dynamic systems to yound students with StarLogo. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 24(2), 157-178. (Download).
Gutwill, J.P., Frederiksen, J.R., & White, B.Y. (1999). Making their own connections: Students' understanding of multiple models in basic electricity. Cognition and Instruction 17(3), 249-282. (Download)
Goldstone, R.L., & Son, J.Y. (2005). The transfer of scientific principles using concrete and idealized simulations. The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 14(1), 69-110.(Download)


Optional Readings:

Klopfer, E., & Yoon, S. (2005). Developing games and simulations for today and tomorrow's tech savvy youth. TechTrends, 49(3), 33-41. (Download).

Roschelle, J.M., Pea, R.D., Hoadley, C.M., Gordin, D.N., & Means, B.M. (2005). Changing How and What Children Learn in School with Computer-Based Technologies. Children and Computer Technology, 10(2), 76-101. (View).
Williams, D. (in press). "Why game studies now?" Games & Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media. (Download). As this is in press, and this is an editor's proof, do not copy, or distribute.
Williams, D. (in press). Bridging the methodological divide in game research. Simulation & Gaming. (Download). As this is in press, and this is an editor's proof, do not copy, or distribute.




Reminder: All work for the class is to be turned in electronically so that others in the class may access your work. Put it on your web-page, on the e-groups, or whichever way you can make your work publicly visible. Assignments due next Wed at 11:59 pm.



Find an example from some domain (other than the ones covered in the readings) and discuss how simulation has/is/will change or add to the nature of the discipline you have chosen.

An example might be weather: Now a lot of predictions are based upon simulations. This has changed quite a bit the way forecasting used to be done (now you can't chose weather prediction for your homework).

Chose your domain, talk about the changes brought about (or soon to be brought about) by simulation and write about them.

(REMINDER: Connections to readings and course concepts are good ideas)


GROUP HOMEWORK: Get your study ready to go


Reminder: Look at some other students work BEFORE you get to class on Thursday. Be prepared to talk about one other student's theory of mind in depth that you found particularly interesting or worth discussing.
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