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Hills, George L. C. – Science Education, 1989
Explores how some of the work in the history and philosophy of science might develop a more adequate understanding of students' untutored ideas. Describes how students' views can be interpreted. Explains and discusses the merits of commonsense-scientific theory analogy. (YP)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Misconceptions
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Bar, Varda – Science Education, 1989
Israeli children's (kindergarten to grade nine) explanations about the water cycle are described. Reports the children's views about the source of clouds and the mechanism of rainfall. It was concluded that understanding evaporation is a necessary condition for explaining a mechanism of rain containing the ideas of condensation and heaviness. (YP)
Descriptors: Climate, Concept Formation, Conservation (Concept), Earth Science
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Lederman, Norman G.; Zeidler, Dana L. – Science Education, 1987
Reports on a study to test the validity of the assumption that a teacher's conception of the nature of science directly influences his/her classroom behavior. Recommends a redirection in science education to promote more adequate conceptions of the nature of science in secondary schools. (TW)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Misconceptions, Science and Society
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Rogan, John M. – Science Education, 1988
Considers variables which affect the acquisition of the kinetic theory of heat by children who hold alternative viewpoints. Suggests that the articulation of different viewpoints in no way hinders the acquisition of the desired conceptual framework. Emphasizes the benefit to low-reasoning students in particular. (CW)
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Heat, Kinetic Molecular Theory