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ERIC Number: ED407270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 28
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Classroom Environment and Conceptual Change Instruction.
Beeth, Michael E.
This paper describes research conducted in a classroom devoted to conceptual change instruction. The teacher in this class of fifth grade students at a midwestern parochial school made explicit attempts to have her students comment on the conceptions they held, their justification for those conceptions, and the status they attached to their conceptions. Findings indicate that students' comments about conceptions allowed the teacher to assess their scientific knowledge and to plan instructional activities that presented the students with additional scientific information. Comments that justified a conception allowed the teacher to identify components of the students' conceptual ecologies that inhibited conceptual change and to plan instructional activities that facilitated conceptual knowledge development for these students. As a result of the students' comments about their conceptions, the teacher's planned instructional activities focused on two specific aspects of the Conceptual Change model, namely components of the conceptual ecology and status. It is concluded that the learning environment in this classroom, created by the interaction between students' responses and planned instructional activities, facilitated the development of these students' conceptions. Contains 19 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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