Understanding learning through Mental Model Theory

Edwards-Leis, Christine E (2013) Understanding learning through Mental Model Theory. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 9783659374920

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Abstract

The research in this book aimed to determine how a study of a teacher's and students' mental models can inform the educational community about effective pedagogy. The research questions included the identification of the participants' mental models before, during, and immediately after applied problem-solving in a robotics programme. A more in-depth investigation exposed the teacher's and four of her students' mental models of teaching, learning, and assessment. Once these mental models had been established, the matches, mismatches, and/or changes over time of such mental models and the effect, if any, on teaching, learning, and assessment were examined. This empirical qualitative study was centred within information processing theory and linked with the introspection mediating process tracing paradigm and involved close contact with the participants over an extended period of time. The methodology focussed on learner centredness and how the participants integrated new experiences with existing conceptual, declarative, and procedural knowledge in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment. (Publisher's description)

Item Type: Book
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 10:35
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 10:35
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/539

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