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The persistence of personal and social themes in context: long- and short-term studies of students' scientific ideas
Kristianstad University, Department of Mathematics and Science. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). (LISMA)
The Open University, Milton Keynes.
2004 (English)In: Science Education, ISSN 0036-8326, E-ISSN 1098-237X, Vol. 88, no 6, 885-900 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we will examine the persistence of “misconceptions.” We used data from a longitudinal study of personal ideas in 24 students' thinking about ecological processes. The results show students often speaking about personal experiences dating from an early age, to which they had also referred in similar interviews conducted years before. These data are compared with results from a different study of middle school physics students' thinking about energy and steam engines. After the new learning had been “successfull” completed and assessed, old ideas returned. These findings are used to set up a theoretical basis for understanding the longitudinal results. Findings from memory studies are shown to explicate the long-term effects of the passage of time and prompts for the recall of scientific concepts.

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2004. Vol. 88, no 6, 885-900 p.
Keyword [en]
Ecology, Physics, Persistence, Personal Narratives, Interviews, Misconceptions, Engines, Scientific Concepts, Longitudinal Studies, Memory, Case Studies
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-10282DOI: 10.1002/sce.20003ISI: 000224977400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-10282DiVA: diva2:608431
Available from: 2013-02-27 Created: 2013-02-27 Last updated: 2013-07-04Bibliographically approved

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