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Russell, David W.; Lucas, Keith B.; McRobbie, Campbell J. – Research in Science Education, 2003
Investigates how microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) activities specifically designed to be consistent with a constructivist theory of learning support or constrain student construction of understanding. Analysis of students' discourse and actions reveal that students invented numerous techniques for manipulating data in the service of their…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, International Studies, Kinetics
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; McRobbie, Campbell J.; Lucas, Keith B. – Research in Science Education, 1998
Analyzes and explores questions about the dialogic nature of beliefs and students' belief talk about the nature of science and scientific knowledge. Argues that students' discourse is better understood as a textual bricolage sensitive to conversational context. Contains 26 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Representation, Science and Society
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Stephens, Sally-Anne; McRobbie, Campbell J.; Lucas, Keith B. – Research in Science Education, 1999
Examines the extent and nature of Year 10 students' model-based reasoning in a laboratory investigation that considered the influence of six factors on electrical resistance. Finds that spontaneous use of the electron-drift model of metals in explanations increased over the duration of the task, but the explanations were restricted to mainly…
Descriptors: Action Research, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Electricity