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Berti, Anna Emilia; Barbetta, Valentina; Toneatti, Laura – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This study examines how third-graders' conceptions about the origin of species are affected by formal instruction and whether children can learn not only about evolution but also about natural selection. We interviewed the same group of third-grade children (8-9¬†years old) twice, before and after following a curriculum about these topics.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Lin, Jing-Wen – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Holding scientific conceptions and having the ability to accurately predict students' preconceptions are a prerequisite for science teachers to design appropriate constructivist-oriented learning experiences. This study explored the types and sources of students' preconceptions of electric circuits. First, 438 grade 3 (9¬†years old) students were…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Accuracy, Predictor Variables