ERIC Number: ED327386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Information Technology in Education: Conceptual Change in Science. CITE Report No. 52.
Draper, Steve; And Others
This paper aims to clarify and describe the process of change in learners' conceptual understanding of natural phenomena. It begins by reviewing the existing literature on models of conceptual change and on children's conceptions in a number of selected topic areas. Strategies for exploring and developing children's ideas in these areas have also been clarified and developed, and computer software that could be useful in exploring children's reasoning and promoting conceptual change is identified. A range of intervention strategies has been devised to promote conceptual change, focusing on the use of computer-based methods. The document's section headings are: (1) "The Overview of the Research"; (2) "The Research Collaboration"; (3) "Background to the Field of Study"; (4) "Topic Domains Selected for Study"; (5) "The Role of Computer Based Activities in Promoting Conceptual Change"; (6) "Software Tools"; and (7) "Phasing of the Work." Appended is a list of Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) reports. (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.