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ERIC Number: EJ1039656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Concept Development in Learning Physics: The Case of Electric Current and Voltage Revisited
Koponen, Ismo T.; Huttunen, Laura
Science & Education, v22 n9 p2227-2254 Sep 2013
In learning conceptual knowledge in physics, a common problem is the development and differentiation of concepts in the learning process. An important part of this development process is the re-organisation or re-structuring process in which students' conceptual knowledge and concepts change. This study proposes a new view of concept development with explicit attention given to concept development from the level of knowledge-as-pieces to the level of knowledge-as-theory. The proposed new picture is based on the view that concepts are complex constructs essentially embedded in a larger system of knowledge. Three closely connected aspects require our attention: (1) conceptions of concepts, (2) conceptions of knowledge systems, and finally, (3) conceptions of the process of change. The potential advantages of this prospective are demonstrated through the re-analysis of the concept development in the well-known case of electric current and voltage. The results show that in the concept development process, both causal knowledge and coherence of the knowledge system play crucial roles. Finally, the study points out how the theoretical position proposed here directly impacts conceptions of learning and instruction as well as what solutions are sought for problems in learning--or even what is considered a problem or success in learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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