In my recently published book “Simulation and Learning. A Model-Centered Approach”, I propose a conceptual model, the Epistemic Cycle, as a blueprint for understanding the cognitive activities that are involved in simulation-based learning and for designing and planning instructionally effective activities.
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“This book is a great contribution to the infusion of simulations into the field of learning – it’s a milestone of educational technology research and development.”
“The significance of this monograph is the emphasis on the learners’ cognitive functions and their link to the computer-based application while learning with simulation. This perspective is rare within the well-established research on simulation in educational contexts and adds an important conceptual view to mental model theory.”
"Landriscina does an excellent job of bringing these disciplines together, and doing so from a science-of-learning perspective. Of particular interest are his descriptions about learners not only developing mental models as a result of simulation-based training, but then helping learners execute those models as a mental simulation."
"What Dr. Landriscina has accomplished in a book less than 250 pages is amazingly deep and wide."
"I recommend the book to readers who would like to learn about epistemic perspectives on simulation (e.g., relation of model, system, and reality), and cognitive perspectives on learning and reasoning processes by simulation and modelling (e.g., mental models, cognitive artefacts)."
Iris Lorscheid, Hamburg University of Technology