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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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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