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Arnseth, Hans Christian; Krange, Ingeborg – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2013
The discussion in this forum aims to push some of the ideas further and thus clarify some of the concepts used in the feature article. This includes a debate of the concepts of meaning making, procedural and conceptual learning experiences, the distinction between realism and constructivism in our research practice, and finally how to foster…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science and Society, Realism, Constructivism (Learning)
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Krange, Ingeborg; Arnseth, Hans Christian – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2012
The aim of this study is to scrutinize the characteristics of conceptual meaning making when students engage with virtual worlds in combination with a spreadsheet with the aim to develop graphs. We study how these tools and the representations they contain or enable students to construct serve to influence their understanding of energy resource…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Virtual Classrooms, Secondary School Science
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Furberg, Anniken; Arnseth, Hans Christian – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2009
In the learning sciences, students' understanding of scientific concepts has often been approached in terms of "conceptual change". These studies are grounded in a cognitive or a socio-cognitive approach to students' understanding and imply a focus on the individuals' mental representations of scientific concepts and ideas. We approach students'…
Descriptors: Hermeneutics, Learning Activities, Cooperative Learning, Genetics
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Furberg, Anniken; Arnseth, Hans Christian – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2009
In this rejoinder to Ann Kindfield and Grady Venville's comments on our article "Reconsidering conceptual change from a socio-cultural perspective: Analyzing students' meaning making in genetics in collaborative learning activities," we elaborate on some of the critical issues they raise. Their comments make apparent some of the crucial…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Cultural Context