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ERIC Number: EJ1000598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
"Pluto Has Been a Planet My Whole Life!" Emotions, Attitudes, and Conceptual Change in Elementary Students' Learning about Pluto's Reclassification
Broughton, Suzanne H.; Sinatra, Gale M.; Nussbaum, E. Michael
Research in Science Education, v43 n2 p529-550 Apr 2013
Learning about certain scientific topics has potential to spark strong emotions among students. We investigated whether emotions predicted students' attitudes after engaging in independent rereading and/or rereading plus discussion about Pluto's reclassification. Fifth and sixth grade students read a refutation text on Pluto's reclassification. Participants were randomly assigned to either the reread independently or the reread plus discussion group. Results showed that students in both groups experienced attitude change and that change was sustained over time. Students reported experiencing more negative than positive emotions at pretest. Emotions, which became more positive after intervention, were predictive of students' attitudes and attitude change. Implications for the role of emotions when learning about controversial topics are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
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Language: English
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