Moving beyond the model as a copy problem: investigating the utility of teaching about structure-preserving transformations in the model-referent relationship

Daniel K. Capps & Jonathan T. Shemwell
An important research objective in modelling instruction is defining what students should learn about the model-referent relationship, as when unguided, they tend to errantly think of models as literal interpretations of their referents. Restating this problem we say students should learn about structure-preserving transformations between models and referents; including: what gets transformed, how it is transformed, and directions of information flow in transformation. To define what students should learn of this triumvirate, we introduce two...
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