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Title:Model construction, critique, and revision in magnetism: The importance of integrating conscious and intuitive knowledge
Author(s):Cheng, Meng-Fei; Brown, David E.
Subject(s):Model construction
Conceptual change
Conceptual resource
Meta-conceptual awareness
Abstract:In this study we explore the spontaneous explanatory models children construct, critique, and revise in the context of tasks in which children need to predict, observe, and explain phenomena involving magnetism. Our findings indicate that several of the children were able to construct explanatory models. However, of the six children interviewed (three third graders and three sixth graders), only one was consistently able to critique and revise her models to arrive at a consistent, coherent, and sophisticated explanatory model. This research indicates that instruction should help students to become meta-conceptually aware in order to critique and revise explanatory models drawing on both intuitive and conscious knowledge.
Issue Date:2007-04
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/5120
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-04-08


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