Building mental models by dissecting physical models.

  title={Building mental models by dissecting physical models.},
  author={Anveshna Srivastava},
  journal={Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology},
  volume={44 1},
When students build physical models from prefabricated components to learn about model systems, there is an implicit trade-off between the physical degrees of freedom in building the model and the intensity of instructor supervision needed. Models that are too flexible, permitting multiple possible constructions require greater supervision to ensure focused learning; models that are too constrained require less supervision, but can be constructed mechanically, with little to no conceptual… CONTINUE READING