ERIC Number: ED364841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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Critical Review of Qualitative Research on Conceptual Change from Science Education.
Guzzetti, Barbara J.
A literature review synthesized the qualitative research from science education that described students' cognitive processes in conceptual change and the related effects of context. Studies were located by manual and on-line searches of more than 15 data bases to retrieve the published, unpublished, and fugitive research. The actual case studies that were located centered around themes of metacognition, motivation, and collaboration. Like the case studies, much of the research using interviews and observations focused on students' constructs and how those constructs were manifested in the classroom. Pursuing questions like the ones raised in studies from science education (the influences of students' views of science, their folk language, their interaction patterns in collaborative groups, and their texts, instruction and curriculum) may help to identify the influences that affect students' conceptual change. Researchers in reading education should heed the call from science education researchers to conduct studies that include more multicultural samples and more longitudinal observations of students across grades. Expanding the focus and design of such studies in these ways offers the potential for developing effective instruction and for creating texts that are sensitive to individuals. Contains 27 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conceptual Change; Research Suggestions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (43rd, Charleston, SC, December 1-4, 1993).