ERIC Number: EJ1113112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Investigating and Promoting Trainee Science Teachers' Conceptual Change of the Nature of Science with Digital Dialogue Games "Interloc"
Mansour, Nasser; Wegerif, Rupert; Skinner, Nigel; Postlethwaite, Keith; Hetherington, Lindsay
Research in Science Education, v46 n5 p667-684 Oct 2016
The purpose of this study is to explore how an online-structured dialogue environment supported (OSDE) collaborative learning about the nature of science among a group of trainee science teachers in the UK. The software used (InterLoc) is a linear text-based tool, designed to support structured argumentation with openers and "dialogue moves". A design-based research approach was used to investigate multiple sessions using InterLoc with 65 trainee science teachers. Five participants who showed differential conceptual change in terms of their Nature of Science (NOS) views were purposively selected and closely followed throughout the study by using key event recall interviews. Initially, the majority of participants held naïve views of NOS. Substantial and favourable changes in these views were evident as a result of the OSDE. An examination of the development of the five participants' NOS views indicated that the effectiveness of the InterLoc discussions was mediated by cultural, cognitive, and experiential factors. The findings suggest that InterLoc can be effective in promoting reflection and conceptual change.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Cooperative Learning, Preservice Teachers, Trainees, Computer Mediated Communication, Scientific Principles, Computer Assisted Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Attitudes, Attitude Change, Recall (Psychology), Interviews, Misconceptions, Instructional Effectiveness, Cultural Influences, Cognitive Processes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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