“But We Don’t Have Beta-Cells”: Agent-Based Models to Support Health Education

Dubovi Ilana, Levy T. Sharona, Levy Milana, Zuckerman Levin Nehama, Dagan Efrat

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This paper seeks to support science learning within the health-related education, the diabetes education domain. With this aim, we evaluated the impact of deep biochemical understanding on behavioral patterns of young patients with type 1 diabetes. The findings propose, a strong significant correlation between youths causal biochemical understanding to their behavioral patterns of glucose self-regulation. Consequently, in order to promote this biochemical understanding, we introduce an agent-based learning environment (SimDCell) which supports exploration of glucose equilibrium interactions that facilitate relation and connection of the biochemical processes to youth with type 1 diabetes own body functioning and to their daily based medical decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)949-952
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue number2018-June
StatePublished - 2018
Event13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2018: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jun 201827 Jun 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by D-Cure, advancing diabetes care to cure fund, medical funds and the Israeli Ministry of Health, OTZMA project #3-12108 2808. We are grateful to the adolescences and their parents for their efforts and for devoting their time and willingness to participate in study. We thank Mr. Joel Drake for his careful language editing.

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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