ERIC Number: ED454048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Model-Based Teaching and Learning during Ecological Inquiry.
Boulter, Carolyn; Buckley, Barbara; Walkington, Helen
The research literature suggests that developing an understanding of ecosystems and their functioning is difficult. Learners are often asked to conduct ecological inquiries to attempt to foster such understanding. This project examines the understanding of students engaged in ecological inquiries as a model-based teaching and learning framework. The coursework of preservice teachers enrolled in a field-based ecology course was analyzed for evidence of their models of particular ecosystems. In addition, investigations in the laboratory and the field were videotaped or audiotaped to provide evidence of the functioning and development of those models over time. This paper describes the ways in which their initial models influenced their investigations and interpretations of the data they collected and how their models developed. The conversations, representations, and tasks as well as the constraints that shape individual and group model building within inquiry groups are also described. (Contains 20 references and 3 tables.) (SAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).