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ERIC Number: EJ797473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Learning to Use Scientific Concepts
Wells, Gordon
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v3 n2 p329-350 Jul 2008
In responding to the research on conceptual change, this article attempts to make two points. First, scientific concepts are not possessed by individuals; rather, they are part of a culture's resources, which individuals learn to use for their own or for group purposes. Second, particular concepts are most effectively mastered when the learner is deeply engaged in solving a problem for which they function as effective semiotic tools in achieving a solution. On these grounds, it is argued that the mastering of scientific concepts is best achieved through learning to use them in motivated inquiry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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