Flow blocks as a conceptual bridge between understanding the structure and behavior of a complex causal system

Oren Zuckerman, Tina Grotzer, Kelly Leahy

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Abstract

Complexity exists in the world all around us. While it has garnered the focus of scientists in forms such as quantum mechanics and chaos theory, complexity also exists in the every day world. For instance, in order to understand the transmission of a common cold, one needs to understand probabilistic causation, branching causal patterns, and distributed agency. In this paper we argue that students need opportunities to learn the causal concepts related to complexity and we review research in support of this assertion. We introduce a set of materials called "Flow Blocks" that are designed to give children the opportunity to explore complex causal relationships and their analogical relationships to real world systems. We go on to share exploratory research that we conducted using Flow Blocks and to discuss what the finding suggest for learning about the nature of complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Pages880-886
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006 - Bloomington, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2006Jul 1 2006

Publication series

NameICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Volume2

Conference

Conference7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBloomington, IN
Period6/27/067/1/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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