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Yen, Chiung-Fen; Yao, Tsung-Wei; Mintzes, Joel J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
This study explored and documented Taiwanese students' alternative conceptions of animal classification. We examined the understanding of the "animal", "vertebrate" and "invertebrate", "fish", "amphibian", "reptile", "bird", and "mammal" concepts among elementary,…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Curriculum Development
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Gauld, Colin F. – International Journal of Science Education, 1988
Discusses the rationality of students' alternative frameworks by considering the role played by their beliefs, their understanding of other views, and the reasons for justification or rejection. Investigates the way in which 14-year-old boys see the effects of classroom learning experience on their ideas. (Author/YP)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Cognitive Structures, Concept Teaching, Electricity