Visualisation of complex processes as a tool for pupils’ learning of the natural sciences

In this project we study how interactive visualisations can help students understand and express their knowledge of complex processes, primarily the intake of nutrients.

 

The aim is to elucidate the thresholds that occur in understanding nutrient intake, and also to find ways to reduce these obstacles to understanding. The research is based primarily on 12-year-old pupils’ perception of nutrient intake, based on a large-scale written test and on their level of knowledge of nutrient intake using an iPad application.

The project also includes the development of an interactive model and learning platform for teaching about the human body. The question is how and what the students learn from this kind of educational resource. And also how this type of aid can affect the students’ conceptual understanding of processes and the connection between macroscopic and sub-microscopic processes.