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Students’ conceptions and the learning of science

Published on Nov 1, 1989in International Journal of Science Education 1.32
· DOI :10.1080/0950069890110501
Rosalind Driver26
Estimated H-index: 26
(University of Leeds)
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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Published on Jan 1, 1985
J. Nussbaum1
Estimated H-index: 1
77 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1983
Mark F. Wiser1
Estimated H-index: 1
Sean J. Carey1
Estimated H-index: 1
190 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1984
E.J. Wenham1
Estimated H-index: 1
13 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1985
Leo H. T. West10
Estimated H-index: 10
A. Leon Pines3
Estimated H-index: 3
479 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1987
Helen Weinreich-Haste1
Estimated H-index: 1
Jerome S. Bruner72
Estimated H-index: 72
A highly topical volume which builds on currently emerging themes in the study of child development in the social world.
268 Citations
Published on Dec 1, 1990in European Journal of Psychology of Education 1.48
Christine Howe24
Estimated H-index: 24
(University of Strathclyde),
Andrew Tolmie6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Strathclyde),
Catherine Rodgers2
Estimated H-index: 2
(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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Published on Sep 15, 1980
David E. Rumelhart57
Estimated H-index: 57
Donald A. Norman76
Estimated H-index: 76
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: (...
356 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1987
Brian Holding1
Estimated H-index: 1
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...
26 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1989
Stella Vosniadou38
Estimated H-index: 38
William F. Brewer30
Estimated H-index: 30
18 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1985
Susan Carey70
Estimated H-index: 70
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...
2,410 Citations
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Published on Dec 6, 2009
John Clayton1
Estimated H-index: 1
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...
3 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 2009
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...
Published on Sep 7, 2010
John Clayton4
Estimated H-index: 4
(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...
Published on Oct 1, 2009in Educación Química
Flavio A. Maximiano5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of São Paulo),
Paola Corio21
Estimated H-index: 21
(University of São Paulo)
+ 1 AuthorsCarmen Fernandez8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of São Paulo)
Este trabajo investiga las concepciones de los alumnos de la carrera de Quimica de la Universidad de Sao Paulo respecto al estatus de la Quimica Ambiental y la Quimica Verde con relacion al conjunto del conocimiento quimico. El estudio fue realizado sobre un conjunto de catorce mapas conceptuales producidos por alumnos del tercer ano. En el analisis de los mapas se consideraron las concepciones manifestadas respecto a la Quimica Ambiental y la Quimica Verde, y a sus relaciones establecidas entre...
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Published on Jun 9, 2016
Christina Solomonidou1
Estimated H-index: 1
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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Published on Jan 1, 2015
Azra Moeed3
Estimated H-index: 3
(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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Published on Jan 1, 1997
María José Rodrigo8
Estimated H-index: 8
José Arnay2
Estimated H-index: 2
37 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1999
William Barowy2
Estimated H-index: 2
Nancy Roberts5
Estimated H-index: 5
“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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Published on Dec 1, 2011
I Wayan Suastra1
Estimated H-index: 1
Ketut Tika1
Estimated H-index: 1
Nengah Kariasa1
Estimated H-index: 1
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...
3 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 2002
A sieving ladle allowing separation of solids or coarse material from liquids or fine particles; the sieving ladle comprising a generally concave-shaped bowl, the bowl defining a bowl wall, the bowl wall having a bowl wall peripheral edge, the bowl wall peripheral edge defining an open main surface extending therebetween; a handle extending from the concave-shaped bowl; a sieving wall, the sieving wall defining a sieving wall proximal edge, a sieving wall distal edge, a sieving wall proximal seg...