ERIC Number: ED188950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Interactions of Students' Knowledge With Their Comprehension and Design of Science Experiments.
Champagne, Audrey B.; And Others
This project explores the factors influencing the learning of classical mechanics, with an ultimate goal in improving instruction. Twelve academically gifted seventh and eighth graders were interviewed to test their previous perceptions about objects in free fall. They were then observed as they used physics laboratory apparatus and computer simulations to plan, execute, and analyze experiments. It was found that students' knowledge about the motion of objects in free fall can be characterized by distinctive sets of logically linked propositions. Designs and procedures for experiments devised by the students could be traced to some of their specific pre-instructional conceptualizations that the analyses of pretest interviews revealed. Schema theory is used to interpret the findings of this study and to speculate on their implications for instruction. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Newtonian Mechanics; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).