What is Cognitive Science

From Expertise to Instruction: Conceptual Representations for Learning about Biological Systems

Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University Graduate School of Education

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This presentation will examine how the conceptual representation from structure-behavior-function theory can be used as a tool for thinking about complex biological systems A study of expertise demonstrates that experts consider two complex systems in terms of structures, behaviors, and functions whereas novices represent these systems largely in terms of structures.  Based on these findings, an experiment was conducted to test these ideas in the use of hypermedia before developing a larger unit of classroom instruction that focused on function.  This presentation will discuss the tools that were developed to help make behavior and function visible, how they were enacted in different classrooms, and what students learned.

Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

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