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Johnson, Philip – Research in Science Education, 2005
This paper is a reflection on a three-year longitudinal study that explored the development of children's concept of a substance, for which detailed results concerning children's understandings have been reported elsewhere. The attention in this paper is on the methodological features related to the longitudinal nature of the study and the…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Children, Concept Formation, Curriculum
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Stein, Sarah J.; McRobbie, Campbell J. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Examines student conceptions of their experiences with science, describes the variety of those conceptions over the years of schooling, and investigates patterns across those years. Six categories of conceptions were found, each portraying essential meanings of science. Results suggest making modern philosophical views of the nature of science…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education
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Dlamini, Betty; Rollnick, Marissa; Lotz, Sandra; Lubben, Fred – Research in Science Education, 2001
Reports on an investigation of the status of procedural knowledge in chemistry among students entering into bridging programs at two South African universities. Findings show that students overall tend to repeat in order to get a recurring reading. Very few students were able to use a line of best fit for a set of graphical data. Discusses…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Concept Formation, Data Interpretation, Foreign Countries