Representation and learning about evaporation

Tytler, Russell and Prain, Vaughan 2007, Representation and learning about evaporation. In Pintó, Roser and Couso, Digna (ed), Contributions from science education research, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.237-248.

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Title Representation and learning about evaporation
Author(s) Tytler, RussellORCID iD for Tytler, Russell
Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan
Title of book Contributions from science education research
Editor(s) Pintó, Roser
Couso, Digna
Publication date 2007
Chapter number 18
Total chapters 37
Start page 237
End page 248
Total pages 12
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) evaporation
literacies of science
representation and learning
student learning in science
Summary 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
ISBN 9781402050312
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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