ERIC Number: EJ995571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
How Does Integrating Alternative Conceptions into Lessons Influence Pupils' Situational Emotions and Learning Achievement?
Franke, Gaitano; Bogner, Franz X.
Journal of Biological Education, v47 n1 p1-11 2013
We examined selected situational emotions (interest, well-being and anxiety) experienced by 291 secondary school tenth graders during a hands-on gene technology lesson. Two different instruction groups (I-1, I-2) participated in the same teaching unit, in which four basic gene technology experiments were performed. Using a modified "constructivist teaching sequence", a teacher confronted group I-2 with the alternative conceptions of their peers regarding central issues and processes of gene technology in addition to providing the scientific concepts. The pupils within the I-2 group scored higher in the positive emotions of interest and well-being. The negative emotion anxiety was almost absent in both instruction groups. Furthermore, our results indicate a potential influence of interest and well-being upon learning success. Pupils who felt fine and worked with interest in the experimental lessons scored significantly higher on the cognitive achievement test. Eliciting pupils' alternative conceptions and using them in a wide variety of teaching contents is therefore advisable. By doing so, teachers could help create a classroom environment where pupils feel safe and confident. Also, a pupil's interest regarding the choice of material needs to be taken into account if positive emotions need strengthening and the learning achievement needs improvement. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Students, Anxiety, Classroom Environment, Scientific Concepts, Constructivism (Learning), Grade 10, Well Being, Interests, Secondary School Students, Experiments, Genetics, Correlation, Scores, Science Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany