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Papageorgiou, George; Markos, Angelos; Zarkadis, Nikolaos – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
The current study aims to investigate students' representations of the atomic structure in a number of student cohorts with specific characteristics concerning age, grade, class curriculum and some individual differences, such as formal reasoning and field dependence/independence. Two specific task contexts, which were designed in accordance with…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Nuclear Energy
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Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Tsitsipis, Georgios; Papageorgiou, George – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
In this study, structural equation modeling (SEM) is applied to an instrument assessing students' understanding of the particulate nature of matter, the collective properties and physical changes, such as melting, evaporation, boiling and condensation. The structural relationships among particular groups of items were investigated. In addition,…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Student Evaluation, Scientific Concepts, Chemistry
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Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Tsitsipis, Georgios; Papageorgiou, George – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2010
This work uses the concepts and tools of complexity theory to examine the effect of logical thinking and two cognitive styles, such as, the degree of field dependence/independence and the convergent/divergent thinking on students' understanding of the structure of matter. Students were categorized according to the model they adopted for the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Logical Thinking, Psychometrics, Scores