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Representation construction to support conceptual change

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posted on 01.01.2013, 00:00 authored by Russell TytlerRussell Tytler, Vaughan PrainVaughan Prain
In this chapter we describe an approach incorporating pragmatist, semiotic, sociocultural, and cognitive science perspectives that addresses concerns about the difficulty of conceptual change by focusing on student engagement in sequences of representational challenges to support conceptual growth. We consider that this focus on guided development of students’ representational resources and competence (a) provides strong student motivation to reason about science concepts, and (b) offers a theoretically justifiable and highly practical way to support and direct student conceptual mastery. We view our approach as a form of guided inquiry that is compatible with model-based reasoning orientations, but also provides precise strategies to focus on and support student conceptual learning. We put a case that guided construction of representations productively constrains students’ reasoning and learning of science concepts and processes. Finally, we explore the theoretical implications of this work for the conceptualization of the conceptual change process.

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Title of book

International handbook of research on conceptual change

Chapter number

29

Pagination

1009 - 1042

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Place of publication

Abingdon, Eng.

ISBN-13

9780415898836

ISBN-10

0415898838

Edition

2nd

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter; B Book chapter

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis

Extent

31

Editor/Contributor(s)

S Vosniadou

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