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ERIC Number: EJ938375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
The Interplay of Context and Concepts in Primary School Children's Systems Thinking
Hipkins, Rosemary; Bull, Ally; Joyce, Chris
Journal of Biological Education, v42 n2 p73-77 2008
There is growing recognition of the importance of helping children to develop an ability to think about biological and environmental issues in terms of systems interactions and impacts. Several progressions have been published that suggest how their conceptual understandings may develop over time. However these are not necessarily as informative for teachers as for researchers or specialist resource developers, nor do they take account of "moment in time" interactions between an individual's contextual and conceptual knowledge. This research aimed to develop examples to support assessment for learning by helping teachers recognise students' next learning steps in relation to interactions between the components of an ecosystem (both conceptual and contextual) with which the children had varying degrees of familiarity. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand