ERIC Number: ED417968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
A Systemic Process Approach to the Analysis of Biological Phenomena.
Barak, Judith; Gorodetsky, Malka
This study suggests the use of a systemic process approach to the analysis of students' understanding of biological systems. A unified model was employed to enable the capture of the dynamic nature of biological processes and phenomena. The study is based on the integration of two conceptual frameworks, one related to systems and the other to the ontological nature of processes. The model was developed through the study of students' understanding of energy in the biological context as it resulted from a curricular unit on energy that was based on a qualitative, thermodynamic approach. Four independent interrelationships were studied: (1) within biological processes; (2) between processes; (3) between processes and general biological phenomena; and (4) between general biological phenomena and general theoretical frameworks. Analysis of the data provides a deeper understanding of students' conceptions and focuses on the more important issues of biological systems. Contains 14 references. (Author/DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).