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ERIC Number: EJ859232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Students' Involvement in Authentic Modelling Practices as Contexts in Chemistry Education
Prins, Gjalt T.; Bulte, Astrid M. W.; Van Driel, Jan H.; Pilot, Albert
Research in Science Education, v39 n5 p681-700 Nov 2009
In science education students should come to understand the nature and significance of models. A promising strategy to achieve this goal is using authentic modelling practices as contexts for meaningful learning of models and modelling. An authentic practice is defined as professionals working with common motives and purposes, pertaining to a similar type of procedure and applying relevant knowledge on the modelling issue they work on. In this study we evaluate whether the use of authentic practices initiates adequate students' involvement. This was done by investigating students' interests, ownership, familiarity and complexity. In addition, we evaluated students' expressed modelling procedures in response to the modelling issues. We designed learning tasks which were enacted by a focus group of students. Three primary data sources were used to collect data. Firstly, a group discussion was organised in which students' reflected on both authentic practices. Secondly, students filled in written questionnaires containing items on affective and cognitive aspects. Thirdly, the realised modelling procedures by students were analysed. The results show that students' involvement was successfully initiated, evidenced by motivated students, willingness to continue and the completeness and quality of the realised modelling procedures. The design of the learning tasks proved to be successful in realising this involvement. The results obtained in this study support the strategy of using authentic modelling practices as contexts for meaningful learning of models and modelling.
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Language: English
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