Exploring the learning potential of an artificial life simulation

Wyeth, P. and Purchase, H.C. (2001) Exploring the learning potential of an artificial life simulation. International Journal of Continuing Engineering, Education and Life-Long Learning, 11(3), pp. 229-241. (doi:10.1504/IJCEELL.2001.000396)

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Abstract

CULUTRE is an Artificial Life simulation that aims to provide primary school children with opportunities to become actively engaged in the high-order thinking processes of problem solving and critical thinking. A preliminary evaluation of CULTURE has found that it offers the freedom for children to take part in process-oriented learning experiences. Through providing children with opportunities to make inferences, validate results, explain discoveries and analyse situations, CULTURE encourages the development of high-order thinking skills. The evaluation found that CULTURE allows users to autonomously explore the important scientific concepts of life and living, and energy and change within a software environment that children find enjoyable and easy to use.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Purchase, Dr Helen
Authors: Wyeth, P., and Purchase, H.C.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:International Journal of Continuing Engineering, Education and Life-Long Learning
ISSN:1560-4624
ISSN (Online):1741-5055

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