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ERIC Number: EJ1144733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1051-144X
Interplay of Internal and External Representations: Students' Drawings and Textual Explanations about Shadow Phenomena
Valanides, Nicos; Efthymiou, Irene; Angeli, Charoula
Journal of Visual Literacy, v32 n2 p67-84 2013
Fifty-six third-year kindergarten student teachers (KTS) were presented with an experimental setting for investigating shadow phenomena. Prior to performing any specific experiment, KTS were asked to externalize their ideas about shadow phenomena corresponding to different configurations of the experimental setting through the use of drawings accompanied by textual explanations. Then, they were asked to perform each of the corresponding experiments and compare the experimental outcomes with their own initial conceptions. The findings clearly demonstrated that the use of drawings and textual explanations triggered students' thinking as they progressively restructured their internal representations. Implications for using visuals in science education are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A