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ERIC Number: ED520455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Using Analogy and Model to Enhance Conceptual Change in Thai Middle School Students
Wichaidit, Sittichai; Wongyounoi, Somson; Dechsri, Precharn; Chaivisuthangkura, Parin
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v8 n3 p333-338 Mar 2011
This study examined conceptual change of Thai middle school students after learning photosynthesis with analogy and model. The analogy mapped key features from the analog (cooking food) to the target concept (photosynthesis). Modeling photosynthesis activity provided the opportunity for students to understand how plants use sugar to synthesize cellulose and starch. To determine students' prior knowledge, the photosynthesis questionnaire was administered to 58 Grade 7 students of urban school. The result revealed that students held alternative conceptions in many aspects, including the origin of plant nutrients, the substances required for photosynthesis, the products of photosynthesis and the role of chlorophyll. After the instruction, the students were post-tested to determine how students' conceptions had changed. The result indicated that the students demonstrated better comprehension than that of the pre-test. The percentage of students who changed their ideas to the scientific one was reported and discussed. The present study has implication for both science educators and science teachers who are interested in teaching with analogy and model. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.) [Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) (Philadelphia, PA, Mar 21-24, 2010). Research funding was provided by the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), Thailand.]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand