ERIC Number: ED351185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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A Breach in the Relationship between Correctness and Scientific Conceptual Knowledge for the Meaningful Solving of a Problem about Osmosis.
Zuckerman, June T.
Expert/novice studies of conceptually rich problem solving have demonstrated a relationship between the correctness of a solution and the extent and organization of the solver's conceptual knowledge. This study examines meaningful problem solving and the relationship between the correctness of a solution and the extent of the solver's scientific conceptual knowledge. Fourteen high school students participated in this qualitative study involving a problem in osmosis. The investigative course consisted of a presolving clinical interview, a think-aloud solving of the problem, and a retrospective report of the solving course. Results indicate that 13 of the 14 solving courses were meaningful. Four of the 13 meaningful solutions were correct. However, two of these four correct solutions were embedded in nonscientific conceptual knowledge about air pressure. (Contains 13 references.) (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April, 1991).