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ERIC Number: EJ1114092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Using a Learning Cycle to Deepen Chinese Primary Students' Concept Learning of the "Phases of the Moon"
Lin, Jing
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n11 p2861-2874 Nov 2016
This study focuses on the internal conditions of students' concept learning and builds a learning cycle' based on the "phases of the Moon" (MP) to, deepen students' understanding. The learning cycle of MP developed in this study includes three basic learning links, which are: cognitive conflict, abstraction and generalization, and transfer practices. The three basic learning links are named CAT for short. A teaching courseware based on CAT for MP is developed and tested in real classes. 667 students and 21 science teachers use this courseware in 9 primary schools in Beijing. Three approaches for collecting data are incorporated, including: questionnaire surveys for students, interviews for students and teachers, as well as classroom observations by teachers. Findings indicate that CAT for MP is useful to engage students' thinking and deepen students' understanding of MP. Findings also suggest that CAT classroom instruction should be learner-centered and inquiry-oriented; teachers should use the "nondirective language" to guide and boost students' learning. Accordingly, the learning cycle is worth further promoting towards being applied in students' concept learning. Moreover, the mechanism and application strategies of CAT need to be further studied and generalized, the students' learning achievements need to be deeply assessed, so as to make CAT more useful for science classes and learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)
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