Learning Progressions for Modeling Processes. Supporting students’ understanding of the intellectual and material work of science. 1. Organizing what we know and what we’d like to know. 2. Generating a model. 3. Seeking evidence. 4. Constructing an argument. Sparks.
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A level 3 understanding is characterized by three important factors. First , the model is now constructed in the service of developing and testing ideas rather than as serving as a copy of reality itself. Second, the modeler takes an active role in constructing the model, evaluating which of several designs could be used to serve the model’s purpose. Third, models can be manipulated and subjected to tests in the service of informing ideas. Thus, they provide information within a cyclic constructive process.