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Representation and learning about evaporation

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posted on 01.01.2007, 00:00 authored by Russell TytlerRussell Tytler, Vaughan PrainVaughan Prain
While there has been considerable research on children's understanding of evaporation, the representational issues entailed in this understanding have not been investigated in depth. This study explored students' engagement with evaporation phenomena through various representational modes. Primary school classroom sequences and structured interviews shortly after, and a year later, indicated significant advances in learning flowing from negotiation of meaning around particle representations. A case study of one child's learning is used to demonstrate how a molecular distribution representation can offer the possibility of significant advances in children's thinking about evaporation. The findings suggest that teacher-mediated negotiation of representational issues can support enriched student learning

History

Title of book

Contributions from science education research

Chapter number

18

Pagination

237 - 248

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISBN-13

9781402050312

ISBN-10

1402050313

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2007, Springer

Extent

37

Editor/Contributor(s)

R Pintó, D Couso