ERIC Number: EJ726374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Reference Count: 53
Promoting Students' Learning of Air Pressure Concepts: The Interrelationship of Teaching Approaches and Student Learning Characteristics
Journal of Experimental Education, v74 n1 p29 Fall 2005
The author explored the potential to promote students' understanding of difficult science concepts through an examination of the inter-relationships among the teachers' instructional approach, students' learning preference styles, and their levels of learning process. The concept "air pressure," which requires an understanding of invisible, abstract, and process attributes, is classified as a difficult science concept. The results indicate that students' posttest and retention test scores were significantly affected by their levels of learning process. In addition, results indicate that meaningful learners performed better on the posttest after receiving procedural learning instruction, whereas rote learners performed better after receiving internal learning instruction. Students who were meaningful learners with procedural learning preference styles performed better than did others on both the post test and retention test, whereas rote learners with external learning preference performed better on both the post test and retention test than did other learners. Although this study did not show that matching students' learning styles with instructional style would bring successful learning for all, it did show that students with procedural learning preference styles performed better on a post test than did others after receiving procedural learning instruction.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Cognitive Style, Learning Processes, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Grade 8, Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Physics
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China