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Gallegos-Cázares, Leticia; Flores-Camacho, Fernando; Calderón-Canales, Elena; Perrusquía-Máximo, Elvia; García-Rivera, Beatriz – Research in Science Education, 2014
This paper presents the development and structure of indigenous children's ideas about mixing colours as well as their ideas about each colour, derived from their traditions. The children were interviewed both at school and outside it, and an educational proposal was implemented. Ideas expressed in the school context were analysed using the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Color, Interviews
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Lee, Gyoungho; Byun, Taejin – Research in Science Education, 2012
Bringing successful teaching approaches for stimulating conceptual change to normal classrooms has been a major challenge not only for teachers but also for researchers. In this study, we focused on the relationship between cognitive conflict and responses to anomalous data when students are confronted with a counterintuitive demonstration in the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Conflict, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries
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Sharma, Manjula D.; Sefton, Ian M.; Cole, Martyn; Whymark, Aaron; Millar, Rosemary M.; Smith, Andrew – Research in Science Education, 2005
We report on a study of what happened when we recycled a conceptual examination question in a first-year university physics course. The question, which was used for three consecutive years, asked about an astronaut's experience of weighing in an orbiting space-craft. The original intention was to use a phenomenographic approach to look for…
Descriptors: Physics, College Science, Concept Formation, Science Education
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Gardner, Paul L., Ed. – Research in Science Education, 1990
This book contains selected refereed papers from the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association. The papers are as follows: "A Learning Model for Science Education: Developing Teaching Strategies" (Appleton); "Researching Balance between Cognition and Affect in Science Teaching" (Baird et…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Concept Formation, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Forgasz, Helen, Ed. – Research in Science Education, 1991
This annual publication contains 43 research papers on a variety of issues related to science education. Topics include the following: mature-age students; teacher professional development; spreadsheets and science instruction; the Learning in Science Project and putting it into practice; science discipline knowledge in primary teacher education;…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Constructivism (Learning)
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Ritchie, Stephen M. – Research in Science Education, 1998
Studies a teacher's role and actions in a science learning community. Interprets two teaching episodes that illustrate how the teacher helps a group of students transform their understanding of electrical circuits. Contains 26 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Electricity, Elementary Secondary Education
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Watts, Mike; Jofili, Zelia; Bezerra, Risonilta – Research in Science Education, 1997
Addresses the implementation and evaluation of a constructivist course and extends the argument toward the induction of teachers into critical constructivism through their own action-research projects. Data is taken from a single case study illustrating the changes in the professional life and reflective practice of one teacher in Brazil. (AIM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning)
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Christidou, Vasilia; Koulaidis, Vasilis; Christidis, Theodor – Research in Science Education, 1997
Examines the relationship between children's use of metaphors and their mental models concerning the ozone layer and ozone layer depletion. Results indicate that the way children represent the role and depletion of ozone is strongly correlated with the types of metaphors they use while constructing and/or articulating their models. Also discusses…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education
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Aubusson, Peter; Fogwill, Stephen; Perkovic, Linda; Barr, Rajender – Research in Science Education, 1997
Results of this study suggest that simulation-role-play allows students to demonstrate their understanding, explore their views, and develop deeper understanding of phenomena. The technique was especially beneficial to students who prefer learning kinesthetically. Suggests a strategy for using analogical analysis in simulation-role-play. Contains…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Comprehension, Concept Formation, Creative Teaching
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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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Wilson, Janice M. – Research in Science Education, 1998
Differences in the status of ontological categories on the concept maps of secondary-, undergraduate- and graduate-level chemistry students were analyzed with the "Pathfinder" scaling algorithm and multidimensional scaling. Results indicate differences among groups in the structural significance of abstract process-related nodes and…
Descriptors: Acids, Chemistry, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures
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Stylianidou, Fani; Boohan, Richard – Research in Science Education, 1998
Six 12-year-old students were followed during an eight-month course using "Energy and Change" curricular materials, which introduce ideas related to the Second Law of Thermodynamics through an abstract picture language. Concludes that students had higher levels of generalization in their explanations of physical, chemical, and biological…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change, Concept Formation, Energy
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Boo, Hong-Kwen; Toh, Kok-Aun – Research in Science Education, 1998
Fourth-year university students (n=12) in a secondary-science-education degree program in Singapore were interviewed after demonstrations of five familiar chemical reactions. The majority of interviewees used perceptually-dominated rather than conceptually-dominated thinking and were unable to use scientific concepts consistently across the five…
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation
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Rennie, Leonie J.; Jarvis, Tina – Research in Science Education, 1995
Collected data from primary school children (n=1,059) to examine choice of drawings to communicate their understanding of technology. Reports that children hold a wide range of ideas about technology and although overall the drawings reflected this, sometimes they did not reveal the depth or breadth of an individual child's understanding. Contains…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Concept Formation, Creative Art, Elementary 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
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