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Tytler, Russell; Prain, Vaughan; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2007
This study draws on recent research on the central role of representation in learning. While there has been considerable research on students' understanding of evaporation, the representational issues entailed in this understanding have not been investigated in depth. The study explored students' engagement with evaporation phenomena through…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Case Studies
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2005
The growth in science understanding and reasoning of 12 children is being traced through their primary school years. The paper reports findings concerning children's growing understandings of evaporation, and their changing responses to exploration activities, that show the complexity and coherence of learning pathways. Children's responses to…
Descriptors: Children, Longitudinal Studies, Thinking Skills, Science Education
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2001
Tracks five-year-old children's ideas by a range of means during and subsequent to a classroom sequence on evaporation. Explores the relationship between social and individual perspectives on learning, and questions some assumptions underlying conceptual change research. Analyzes the children's explanations of various evaporation phenomena over…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Epistemology