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ERIC Number: EJ765863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
What Is a Watershed? Implications of Student Conceptions for Environmental Science Education and the National Science Education Standards
Shepardson, Daniel P.; Wee, Bryan; Priddy, Michelle; Schellenberger, Lauren; Harbor, Jon
Science Education, v91 n4 p554-578 Jul 2007
The purpose of this study was to investigate students' conceptions about watersheds. Specifically: (1) What are students' conceptions of a watershed? and (2) In what ways might students' conceptions vary by grade level and community setting? This study was descriptive in nature and reflected a cross-age design involving the collection of qualitative data from 915 students from the Midwest, United States. These qualitative data were analyzed for their content in an inductive manner, identifying student's conceptions. This content analysis was followed with a statistical analysis to determine the significance in the frequency of the identified student conceptions. Four categories emerged that reflected these students' conceptions. Based on these findings, we make curricular recommendations that build on the students' conceptions, the watershed concept, and the National Research Council (1996) Science Education Standards. (Contains 4 tables and 13 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States