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Vijapurkar, Jyotsna; Konde, Pooja – Research in Science Education, 2014
This study examined explanations given by a sample of middle school students in India (175 students, grade 8, average age of 12.3¬†years), of the seemingly sudden appearance of some life forms observed in their day-to-day experience. It uncovered a variety of interesting ideas including, but not limited to, pre-Pasteur notions of some forms of life…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Curriculum Development, Biology, Science Instruction
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Vijapurkar, Jyotsna; Kawalkar, Aisha; Nambiar, Priya – Research in Science Education, 2014
In our explorations of students' concepts in an inquiry science classroom with grade 6 students from urban schools in India, we uncovered a variety of problems in their understanding of biological cells as structural and functional units of living organisms. In particular, we found not only that they visualised the cell as a two-dimensional (2-D)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cytology, Urban Schools, Inquiry