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Learner as Model Builder
Learner as model builder

To my mind the major accomplishment of cognitive science has been the clear demonstration of the validity of positing a level of mental representation: a set of constructs that can be invoked for the explanation of cognitive phenomenon, ranging from visual perception to story comprehension.

—Howard Gardner
About This Chapter

The LCD focus of this chapter is on the nature of mental models for learners. This chapter includes discussions and examples from

  • Cognitive science on problem solving and representation
  • Information science on cognitive systems engineering and hypertext

The resulting design principles are extracted and listed at the end of the chapter.


In Chapter 9, we will discuss explicit scaffolding or support strategies for “learners as students,” emphasizing design elements that facilitate the construction of mental ...

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