ERIC Number: ED303367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Differentiation of Heat and Temperature: An Evaluation of the Effect of Microcomputer Models on Students' Misconceptions.
Wiser, Marianne; Kipman, Daphna
This paper describes the characterization of a student's framework of heat and temperature, and the development of a microcomputer-based laboratories (MBL) intervention program for grade 9 and grade ll students. The report presents the results of classroom study, including interview questions and answers and pretest/posttest, from experimental and control groups. In the posttest, the students in the experimental group displayed a firmer grasp than the control group students of the various thermal concepts, laws, and principles, both at the theoretical and applied levels. Their knowledge formed a more integrated whole, and they showed fewer remaining misconceptions. Finally, they were more able to relate phenomena at the macro level to molecular events. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Technology Center, Cambridge, MA.
Note: Draft article of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).