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ERIC Number: ED463954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-28
Pages: 20
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Analysis of Alternative Conceptions in Physics and Biology: Similarities, Differences, and Implications for Conceptual Change.
Adams, April Dean; Griffard, Phyllis Baudoin
The purpose of this paper is to propose a matrix of attributes that characterize various alternative conceptions across the content areas, or domains, of science. It reports the results of testing the matrix on reported alternative conceptions by scoring their attributes and looking for trends in various domains. The authors found that some attributes seem to be more characteristic of alternative conceptions in physics and others to be more prevalent in the alternative conceptions in biology. These differences may correspond to the nature of the scientific knowledge within these respective domains of science. This matrix of attributes can be used to inform the development of instructional strategies that may remediate alternative conceptions. Identifying these attributes also helps to tease out the domain-specific learning challenges and better recognize the differences between the physical and life sciences with regard to the nature and structure of the scientific knowledge in those domains. (Contains 34 references.) (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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