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ERIC Number: EJ894855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Effects of Using Historical Microworlds on Conceptual Change: A P-Prim Analysis
Masson, Steve; Legendre, Marie-Francoise
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v3 n3 p115-130 Jul 2008
This study examines the effects of using historical microworlds on conceptual change in mechanics. Historical microworlds combine history of science and microworld through a computer based interactive learning environment that respects and represents historic conceptions or theories. Six grade 5 elementary students participated individually to five semi-directed interviews of forty-five minutes each where they interacted with an Aristotelian microworld, a Buridanian microworld and a Newtonian microworld. diSessa's p-prim theory is used to analyze the conceptual dynamics that occurs when students use historical microworlds. Results show positive effects of using historical microworld on conceptual change such as (1) questioning the idea that any object in motion will eventually stop and (2) increasing the importance of contextual elements in the elaboration of explanatory models. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Education, 14280 Golkoy-Bolu, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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