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ERIC Number: ED411208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 10
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Student Epistemological Beliefs and Conceptual Change Activities: How Do Pair Members Affect Each Other?
Windschitl, Mark
This study investigated the relationship in conceptual change scores between members of dyads paired for a photosynthesis simulation exercise. The relationship between an individual's epistemological sophistication and understanding of photosynthesis was also examined. The sample consisted of 255 biological sciences majors enrolled in a biology laboratory class at a large midwestern university. Subjects worked individually, and in high scoring, low scoring, and mixed pairs. Subjects' epistemological sophistication comprised one set of independent variables and was determined by a 21-item instrument. After completing the survey, students were given a 15-minute presentation and a written simulation guide and told to proceed. It was found that an individual's post-test score could be significantly predicted by their partner's post-test score. It is assumed that markedly more active members of dyads played a more active role intellectually and conversationally than the more passive member and that this active member may have processed information about the simulation exercise more deeply than the passive member. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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