Interactive learning environments (ILEs) as effective tools for teaching social sciences

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Abstract

Schoolteachers could enhance learning in social science courses by using teaching tools that favour a methodological approach focused on the topics’ basic structure rather than on facts. An innovative system dynamics social-based ILE built with a social constructivist approach is presented here. The pedagogical futures of this ILE are then analysed. The effective impact of different instructional approaches inspired by social-based ILEs on student learning outcomes is also discussed. The ILE and the related inquiry-based instructional approach seem to help students understand fundamental concepts more easily, thus making the topic more comprehensible and helping students place the social facts into a structured scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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