Model-based learning

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Model-based teaching and learning (or model-based teaching or model-based learning refers to activities where students manipulate or build models.

  • Note: Model-based learning also refers to a machine learning technology (artificial intelligence).

See also: microworlds and simulation



Horwitz (2002) distinguishes 3 technical components: “Basically, visualizations are what we choose to show users, simulations are what we let them do. And models are what link the two. In the case of educational software, the design of the visualizations, simulations, and models will depend critically on what is being taught, for what purpose, and to whom.”

systems and technology


  • Paul Horwitz (2002), Simulations and Visualizations: Issues for REC, EHR/REC Principal Investigators meeting,


  • Boulter, Carolyn; Buckley, Barbara; Walkington, Helen (2001) Model-Based Teaching and Learning during Ecological Inquiry. ERIC, Abstract/PDF