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ERIC Number: EJ798811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Developing Mental Models about Air Using Inquiry-Based Instruction with Kindergartners
Van Hook, Stephen; Huziak, Tracy; Nowak, Katherine
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v17 n1 p26-38 Spr 2005
This study examines the development of mental models of air by kindergarten students after completing a series of hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons. The lessons focused on two properties of air: (1) that air takes up space and (2) that it is made of particles ("balls of air"). The students were interviewed about their ideas of air and about phenomena involving air before and after the lessons. From the lessons, the students gained experiences and vocabulary to draw upon to make more sophisticated arguments about phenomena involving air, often employing the "balls of air" model in their explanations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A