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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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Marin, N.; Benarroch, A.; Gomez, E. Jimenez – International Journal of Science Education, 2000
Attempts to find connections and bridges between social constructivism and Piagetian constructivism so that both may be enriched, to the benefit of science teaching. (Contains 95 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education
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Kvasz, Ladislav – Science and Education, 1997
Provides teachers with some ideas about the development of physical knowledge to make them more receptive to the differences between their own and their students' thinking. Illustrates an adapted version of Piaget's model of the growth of physical knowledge using the development of classical mechanics. Contains 12 references. (Author/JRH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Misconceptions
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Rowlands, Stuart; Graham, Ted; Berry, John – Science and Education, 1999
Discusses the various conflicting trends in mechanics education that have appeared over the past two decades, especially as related to conceptual change teaching and learning. Proposes the theory of schemata as a means to resolve the conflict that exists within the literature. Contains 82 references. (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Higher Education
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Mortimer, Eduardo F. – Science and Education, 1995
Presents a model to analyze conceptual evolution in the classroom, based on the notion of conceptual profile. Suggests that it is possible to use different ways of thinking in different domains, a new concept does not necessarily replace previous ideas, and learning science is to change a conceptual profile and become conscious of different zones…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Foreign Countries, Misconceptions