ERIC Number: EJ721449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 33
Do Particle Ideas Help or Hinder Pupils' Understanding of Phenomena?
Papageorgiou, George; Johnson, Philip
International Journal of Science Education, v27 n11 p1299-1317 Sep 2005
This paper addresses the question of whether particle ideas help or hinder young pupils' understanding of changes of state and dissolving. Two matched groups in a primary school in Greece (ages 10/11, n = 20 and n = 19) were respectively taught one of two parallel lesson schemes. Covering the same phenomena, one scheme incorporated particle ideas, and the other did not. Data were collected pre and post intervention through individual interviews (n = 24). Results suggest that pupils' understanding benefited from the introduction of particle ideas. Implications for the primary science curriculum are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Grade 5, Science Experiments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece