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ERIC Number: ED538838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Using Conceptual Change Theories to Model Position Concepts in Astronomy
Yang, Chih-Chiang; Hung, Jeng-Fung
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 11 p917-931 2012
The roles of conceptual change and model building in science education are very important and have a profound and wide effect on teaching science. This study examines the change in children's position concepts after instruction, based on different conceptual change theories. Three classes were chosen and divided into three groups, including a model implicating group (n = 29), a conceptual conflict group (n = 31), and a model building group (n = 30). The researchers used a two-tier diagnostic instrument to inquire position concepts for elementary school students and interviews for gathering students' concepts. This study applies one-way ANCOVA (analysis of covariance) for data analysis. Results indicate that the three groups can improve their high-order understanding of the position concepts. The score of the model building group was significantly higher than that of the model implicating group. (Contains 5 tables and 4 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A