ERIC Number: EJ870113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Investigating the Effectiveness of Teaching Methods Based on a Four-Step Constructivist Strategy
Calik, Muammer; Ayas, Alipasa; Coll, Richard K.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v19 n1 p32-48 Feb 2010
This paper reports on an investigation of the effectiveness an intervention using several different methods for teaching solution chemistry. The teaching strategy comprised a four-step approach derived from a constructivist view of learning. A sample consisting of 44 students (18 boys and 26 girls) was selected purposively from two different Grade 9 classes in the city of Trabzon, Turkey. Data collection employed a purpose-designed "solution chemistry concept test", consisting of 17 items, with the quantitative data from the survey supported by qualitative interview data. The findings suggest that using different methods embedded within the four-step constructivist-based teaching strategy enables students to refute some alternative conceptions, but does not completely eliminate student alternative conceptions for solution chemistry.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Chemistry, Grade 9, Teaching Methods, Interviews, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Science Achievement, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Educational Strategies, Instructional Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Science Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey