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ERIC Number: EJ1157972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1436-4522
Leveraging Students' Knowledge to Adapt Science Curricula to Local Context
Minshew, Lana M.; Barber-Lester, Kelly J.; Derry, Sharon J.; Anderson, Janice L.
Educational Technology & Society, v20 n4 p205-218 2017
Conceptions of ecological processes such as the flow of energy and cycling of matter in an ecosystem are increasingly important understandings in a rapidly changing world. This study utilizes a p-prims, or knowledge in pieces, lens to examine understandings and disconnections in students' conceptualizations of energy flow and matter cycling specific to our context. Findings from our analysis drove continued refinement of our "Compost" curriculum through modifications designed to build on students' p-prims and foster deeper understanding of ecological processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1418044