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ERIC Number: EJ907999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
The Effect of Logical Thinking and Two Cognitive Styles on Understanding the Structure of Matter: An Analysis with the Random Walk Method
Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Tsitsipis, Georgios; Papageorgiou, George
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v11 n3 p173-181 2010
This work uses the concepts and tools of complexity theory to examine the effect of logical thinking and two cognitive styles, such as, the degree of field dependence/independence and the convergent/divergent thinking on students' understanding of the structure of matter. Students were categorized according to the model they adopted for the structure of matter: continuous or particulate. This categorical variable was then analysed by the random walk approach in order to search for power law correlations in the rank-ordered psychometric scores. In addition, the random walk method was applied to students' three misconceptions on this matter. Moreover, elements of complexity theory in relation to the present method are given. The results provide empirical evidence for the effect of these variables on students' understanding of the structure of matter. Interpretations of the results are provided and implications for teaching are discussed. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece