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ERIC Number: EJ1040093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Towards to an Explanation for Conceptual Change: A Mechanistic Alternative
Rusanen, Anna-Mari
Science & Education, v23 n7 p1413-1425 Jul 2014
Conceptual change is one of the most studied fields in science education and psychology of learning. However, there are still some foundational issues in conceptual change research on which no clear consensus has emerged. Firstly, there is no agreement on what changes in belief and concept systems constitute conceptual change and what changes do not. Secondly, there is no consensus on what the specific mechanisms of conceptual change are. Thirdly, there is no common explanatory framework of how to explain conceptual change. In this paper a sketch for explanations of conceptual change is outlined. According to this account, the explanation for conceptual change requires (1) a description for the information processing task and (2) a sufficiently accurate and detailed description of the cognitive mechanisms responsible for the task. The scope and limits of this type of explanation are discussed.
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Language: English
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