ERIC Number: ED456029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Focusing on the Nature of Causality in a Unit on Pressure: How Does It Affect Student Understanding?
Basca, Belinda B.; Grotzer, Tina A.
Although pressure forms the basis for understanding topics such as the internal structure of the earth, weather cycles, rock formation, Bernoulli's principle, and plate tectonics, the presence of this concept in the school curriculum is at a minimal level. This paper suggests that the ideas, misconceptions, and perceptions of students have to do with an understanding of the nature of causality. Previous studies have shown that in many examples students have difficulty identifying air pressure as the cause of the results of experiments and demonstrations such as an egg being pushed into a bottle. The results of the study support focusing on causal structure in teaching science concepts. Appended are typical responses of students who moved from simpler models to relational causal models on the open-ended inventory. (Contains 43 references and 10 tables.) (YDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A