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ERIC Number: EJ802508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1300-5340
Developing Students' Understanding and Thinking Process by Model Construction
Ayse, Oguz
Hacettepe University Journal of Education, v32 p198-209 2007
There is growing recognition that models play a fundamental role in the comprehension of science concepts. This paper aims at enhancing students' understanding and thinking by model construction. Seventh grade middle school students from an urban public school participated in this study as a part of their weekly science club that met after the regular school hours. During the course of the study, the students investigated several common environmental factors about animals by collecting data, made drawings, constructed objects, and wrote journals. The use of journals allowed them to reflect on their experience and the abstract concepts. It also allowed the researchers to have indirect access to the models underlying the meanings students were making every week. Students developed initial models, came up with analogies, and constructed newer models by improving the initial ones. The findings show that model criticism and modification processes are promising activities for science education. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
Hacettepe University. Faculty of Education, Beytepe, Ankara 06800, Turkey. Tel: +90-312-2978583; Fax: +90-312-2992083; e-mail: efdergi@hacettepe.edu.tr; Web site: http://www.efdergi.hacettepe.edu.tr
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)