Why models are advantageous to learning science

Chittleborough, Gail D. and Treagust, David F. 2009, Why models are advantageous to learning science, Quimica educacion, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 12-17.

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Title Why models are advantageous to learning science
Author(s) Chittleborough, Gail D.
Treagust, David F.
Journal name Quimica educacion
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 12
End page 17
Total pages 6
Publisher Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Facultad de Quimica
Place of publication Mexico
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 0187-893X
Keyword(s) scientific models
teaching models
student learning
chemistry
Summary Models are used routinely in science classes to help explain scientific concepts; however, students are often unaware of the role, limitations and purpose of the particular model being used. This study investigated Grade 8-11 students’ views on models in science and used these results to propose a framework to show how models are involved in learning. The results show that students’ understanding of the role of models in learning science improved in later grades and that many students were able to distinguish the purpose of scientific models from teaching models. The results are used to identify the criteria students use to classify models and to support pedagogical approaches of using models in teaching science.
Language eng
spa
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021276

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