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ERIC Number: EJ798559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Tip-to-Tail: Developing a Conceptual Model of Magnetism with Kindergartners Using Inquiry-Based Instruction
Van Hook, Stephen J.; Huziak-Clark, Tracy L.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v19 n2 p45-58 Fall 2007
This study reports changes in kindergarten students' understanding of magnets after participating in a series of hands-on, inquiry-based lessons. The lessons focused on the dipole nature of magnets and employed a visual representation of a magnet as an arrow for the kindergarten students. This dipole model was used to describe how magnets interact with each other and how they interact with steel objects (i.e., magnetization). Many students adopted this dipole model of magnets and were able to use it to describe how multiple magnets would interact and how magnetized paperclips would interact with magnets and with each other. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A