Using Computer Simulations to Complement Problem-Solving Experiences

Year: 1986

Author: Kinnear, Judith

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Development of problem-solving skills is an important educational goal. In science, the experiences that provide opportunities to develop an understanding of and obtain practice in problem-solving include laboratory-based activities and problems from textbooks. While these activities allow learners to attain familiarity with some aspects of problem-solving processes, other aspects are poorly represented. Computer simulations can be used to complement problem-solving experiences and expose students to valid, but underrepresented aspects of problem-solving such as formulation and modification of experimental design, repeat of experiments, and evaluation of data in terms of their relevance and sufficiency.