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ERIC Number: EJ551032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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ISSN: ISSN-0737-0008
Teaching for Understanding: A Study of Students' Preinstruction Theories of Matter and a Comparison of the Effectiveness of Two Approaches to Teaching about Matter and Density.
Smith, Carol; Maclin, Deborah; Grosslight, Lorraine; Davis, Helen
Cognition and Instruction, v15 n3 p317-93 1997
Compared Introductory Physical Science (IPS) and Modified approaches to teaching physics concepts. Found that students' preinstruction ideas of matter and density were organized in commonsense theories that constrained understanding of density. Both curricula promoted quantitative understanding of mass, volume, and density, but the Modified curriculum was more effective at restructuring qualitative concepts and promoting integrated understanding of density. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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