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ERIC Number: EJ773036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
Investigating the Relationship between Refutational Text and Conceptual Change
Palmer, David H.
Science Education, v87 n5 p663-684 Sep 2003
The aim of this study was to identify the type of conceptual change (assimilation or accommodation) that can be induced by a refutational text. Individual interviews were carried out with a stratified sample of eighty-seven grade 9 students. Forty-four percent of them were found to have a misconception about the concept of ecological role--they believed that some living things do not have a role in nature. These 36 students were asked to read either a text that refuted the misconception, or a control text that consisted of a didactic explanation of ecological role. They then participated in an immediate posttest and a delayed posttest. Surprisingly, both texts were able to induce accommodation in a large proportion of the students. Factors such as the high motivation of the students, encouragement of metacognition, age-readiness of the students, and a relative lack of robustness of the misconception were considered to have greatly facilitated the conceptual change process. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia