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Parker, Joan; Heywood, David – Science Education, 2013
Opportunities for the development of science-related pedagogy during training are necessarily limited for the generalist primary (elementary), preservice teacher. While school placement is an important context within which to develop such professional expertise, the role of institution-based learning is less well understood in this regard. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reflection
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Hellden, Gustav F.; Solomon, Joan – Science Education, 2004
In this paper we will examine the persistence of "misconceptions." We used data from a longitudinal study of personal ideas in 24 students' thinking about ecological processes. The results show students often speaking about personal experiences dating from an early age, to which they had also referred in similar interviews conducted years before.…
Descriptors: Ecology, Physics, Persistence, Personal Narratives
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Sequeira, Manuel; Leite, Laurinda – Science Education, 1991
Authors describe some alternative conceptions held by Portuguese physics students about mechanics and compare students' scientific conceptions with the evolution of historical ideas. Authors contend that teacher knowledge about the history of science can facilitate teaching for conceptual change in physics. (over 20 references) (Authors/PR)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Misconceptions
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Macbeth, Douglas – Science Education, 2000
Organizes a reading of the conceptual change literature that brings into view a collection of design specifications for a conceptual change apparatus. Analyzes one such apparatus in the particulars of a science education demonstration program produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Private Universe Project. (Contains 114 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Demonstrations (Science), Discourse Analysis, Light
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Linder, Cedric J. – Science Education, 1993
Argues that, by not considering examples drawn from students' everyday lives, a teacher is detracting from science itself. A challenge is made to Conceptual Change Learning Model advocates and users to embrace the idea of conceptual fitting based upon context as well as conceptual change when considering how students learn. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education