Microworlds for Learning Through Inquiry

by David McArthur, RAND, Santa Monica, United States,
Matthew W. Lewis, RAND, Santa Monica, United States,
Miriam Bishay, RAND, Santa Monica, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


We discuss several computer-based environments to support learning through inquiry, called microworlds, including two focused on steam power plant operation and electronic troubleshooting. As we discuss the microworlds we mention several learning principles that underpin the different systems and that account for their success, and for the strength of microworlds in general as tools for acquiring knowledge.

Subject Headings: Steam power | Computing in civil engineering | Power plants | Electronic equipment | Engineering education | Underpinning | Education | Knowledge-based systems

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