ERIC Number: ED391672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Conceptual Change Based on Laboratory Experience.
Bleicher, Robert E.
The purpose of this study was to examine the activities and discourse between scientists and high school student apprentices (from Santa Barbara, California) in research laboratories and how these supported and/or constrained student learning of science. The study covered 3 consecutive years of a summer science program and included 32 high school student participants. Data were collected and analyzed within a multiple perspective research design composed of microethnography and interactional sociolinguistics. Student apprentices made noticeable gains in conceptual understanding of science as well as gaining new insights into the world of the scientist. Program experiences carried over positively into the classroom in the school year following the program. Results suggest that a cognitive apprenticeship model of science learning would be a worthwhile pursuit in school science instructional settings. Contains 27 references. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April, 1995).