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Students’ conceptions and the learning of science
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This introductory article to the Special Issue of the International Journal of Science Education attempts to review the theoretical contexts for research into children's conceptions in science and to identify future directions for research programmes in this field.
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J. Nussbaum1
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Mark F. Wiser1
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Sean J. Carey1
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E.J. Wenham1
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Leo H. T. West10
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A. Leon Pines3
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Helen Weinreich-Haste1
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Jerome S. Bruner70
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A highly topical volume which builds on currently emerging themes in the study of child development in the social world.
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Christine Howe23
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(University of Strathclyde),
Andrew Tolmie6
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(University of Strathclyde),
Catherine Rodgers2
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(King's College London)
The paper presents two studies designed to investigate whether, as Piagetian theory would predict, peer interaction can advance the physics understanding of primary school children so long as there is variation in initial viewpoints. The studies were concerned with advancing understanding of floating and sinking, with one focusing on the relevant properties of objects and the other on the relevant properties of fluids. Both studies considered the efficacy of interaction between primary school ch...
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David E. Rumelhart54
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Donald A. Norman77
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Abstract : This paper examines the role of analogy and procedural representation in learning. Examples of analogical manipulation of knowledge schemata are presented from several domains, including turtle geometry, kinship terms, and the learning of a computer text editor. The view presented in this paper has a number of implications for instruction and for performance. In particular, the learner or user of a system should be presented with a conceptual model that has the following properties: (...
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Brian Holding1
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The study is set in a constructivist framework within which children are regarded as actively engaged in constructing and restructuring their knowledge of the 'physical' world. The overall purpose of the research is to describe the development of children's conceptions about the nature of matter as disclosed by their ideas concerning the dissolving process. Information about children's ideas concerning various aspects of the dissolving process was obtained through individual interviews with a re...
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Stella Vosniadou37
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William F. Brewer25
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Susan Carey68
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Are children fundamentally different kinds of thinkers than adults? Or are the cognitive differences between young children and adults merely a matter of accumulation of knowledge? In this book, Susan Carey develops an alternative to these two ways of thinking about childhood cognition, putting forth the idea of conceptual change and its relation to the development of knowledge systems.Conceptual Change in Childhood is a case study of children's acquisition of biological knowledge between ages 4...
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John Clayton1
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In an increasingly Information and Communication Technology (ICT) dependent world, industry leaders are recognising the critical need to investigate the potential of ICT in developing workplace competencies. It is considered a strategic imperative to be aware of effective processes, procedures and plans to improve workforce capability through the implementation of e-learning applications, strategies and techniques. The aim of the “Using e-learning to build workforce capability: A review of activ...
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Elizabeth Anne Edwards Roland (Morehead State University)
OF DISSERTATION Elizabeth Anne Edwards Roland The Graduate School University of Kentucky 2009 AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS‟ CONCEPTIONS OF ATOMIC AND CELLULAR STRUCTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ATOMS AND CELLS ___________________________________ ABSTRACT OF DISSERTATION ____________________________________OF DISSERTATION ____________________________________ A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in the College of...
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John Clayton4
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(Waikato Institute of Technology)
Over the last two decades there have been significant increases in the integration of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in New Zealand schools. Investment in infrastructure, equipment and applications has been supported by a corresponding increase in the funding for Professional Development (PD) provision for teachers in ICT. This is based on the assumption that the level of competence and confidence of teachers in ICT directly impacts on the capacity and capability of schools to posi...
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Flavio A. Maximiano5
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(University of São Paulo),
Paola Corio20
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(University of São Paulo),
Paulo Alves Porto3
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(University of São Paulo)
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Abstract This work investigates the conceptions of undergraduate chemistry students regarding environmental chemistry and green chemistry within the structure of chemical knowledge. This study was carried out by the analysis of fourteen concept maps produced by third year students at the University of Sao Paulo. Analysis of the concept maps considered the manifested conceptions about environmental chemistry and green chemistry, and the relations established between them and the five traditional ...
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Christina Solomonidou1
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The paper introduces constructivist views of learning as a theoretical background to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of quality interactive multimedia educational software. It reviews various constructivist views of learning and also constructivist technology-mediated learning. It proposes an approach to design and evaluation of constructivist educational software, which is based on research in students’ ideas, and comprises three stages: a) initial research into students’ exist...
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Azra Moeed3
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(Victoria University of Wellington)
When, what and how students learn is influenced by motivation (Schunk 1991). Motivation is needed initially to get the students to engage in learning and it is needed throughout the knowledge construction process. Motivation is a much researched area in teaching and learning but little is known about motivation to learn through science investigation beyond teachers’ view that students enjoy it and students saying that it is a better alternative to written work. Findings reported here are the ins...
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William Barowy2
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Nancy Roberts5
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“What’s the point?” Asked a middle-school student who was given the task of exploring modeling software with her partner in a clinical interview. Having no prior exposure to the computer model, and having been given no other directions than what they needed to run a simulation, she and her partner questioned the authenticity of the moment. They had just met the interviewers, and a camcorder was located behind them, pointed over their shoulders at the computer screen. In the process of designing ...
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I Wayan Suastra1
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Ketut Tika1
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Nengah Kariasa1
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Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk menghasilkan model pembelajaran berbasis budaya lokal yang efektif dalam meningkatkan kompetensi dasar sains dan nilai kearifan lokal. Tujuan khusus penelitian ini adalah 1) menganalisis perbedaan kompetensi dasar sains siswa antara yang belajar dengan model pembelajaran berbasis budaya dan belajar dengan model reguler, 2) menganalisis perbedaan prestasi belajar siswa antara yang belajar dengan model pembelajaran berbasis budaya dan model reguler, 3) menganalisis p...
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