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Conceptual Change

At the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in 2006, Justin Read (former ACELL Associate Director) gave a presentation on conceptual change theories.  A handout of the slides from that paper is available below, along with an essay written in 2004 on the subject of conceptual change.  A list of references was also provided at that meeting, which is reproduced below.

References

Chi, M. T. H., Slotta, J. D., & de Leeuw, J. (1994). From things to processes: A theory of conceptual change for learning science concepts. Learning and Instruction, 4(1), 27 – 43.

Chinn, C. A. & Brewer, W. F. (1993). The role of anomalous data in knowledge acquisition: A theoretical framework and implications for science education. Review of Educational Research,' 63,' 1 – 49.

diSessa, A. (1993). Towards an epistemology of physics. Cognition and Instruction,' 10,' 105 – 225.

Dole, J. A. & Sinatra, G. M. (1998). Reconceptualizing change in the cognitive construction of knowledge. Educational Psychologist,' 33,' 109 – 128.

Duit, R., & Treagust, D. F. (2003). Conceptual change: A powerful framework for improving science teaching and learning. International Journal of Science Education,' 25,' 671 – 688.

Eybe, H. & Schmid, H.-J. (2001). Quality criteria and exemplary papers in chemistry education research. International Journal of Science Education,' 23(2), 209 – 225.

Gopal, H., Kleinsmidt, J., Case, J., & Musonge, P. (2004). An investigation of tertiary students’ understanding of evaporation, condensation and vapour pressure. International Journal of Science Education,' 26,' 1597 – 1620.

Limón, M. & Mason, L. (Eds.). (2002). Reconsidering Conceptual Change: Issues in Theory and Practice. Amsterdam: Kluwer.

Palmer, D. (2005). A motivational view of constructivist-informed teaching. International Journal of Science Education,' 27,' 1853 – 1881.

Pintrich, P. R., Marx, R. W., & Boyle, R. A. (1993). Beyond cold conceptual change: The role of motivational beliefs and classroom contextual factors in the process of conceptual change. Review of Educational Research,' 63,' 167 – 199.

Piquette, J. S. & Heikkinen, H. W. (2005). Strategies reported used by instructors to address student alternate conceptions in chemical equilibrium. Journal of Research in Science Teaching,' 42,' 1112 – 1134.

Posner, G. J., Strike, K. A., Hewson, P. W., & Gertzog, W. A. (1982). Accommodation of a scientific conception: Towards a theory of conceptual change. Science Education,' 66(2), 211 – 227.

Schnotz, W. & Preuβ, A. (1999). Task-dependent construction of mental models as a basis for conceptual change. In W. Schnotz, S. Vosniadou & M. Carretero (Eds.). New Perspectives on Conceptual Change (pp. 193 – 222). Amsterdam: Pergamon.

Sinatra, G. M. & Pintrich, P. R. (Eds.). (2003). Intentional Conceptual Change. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Stathopoulou, C. & Vosniadou, S. (2006 – in press). Exploring the relationship between physics-related epistemological beliefs and physics understanding. Contemporary Educational Psychology.

Strike, K. A. & Posner, G. J. (1992). A revisionist theory of conceptual change. In R. A. Duschl & R. J. Hamilton (Eds.). Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Psychology, and Educational Theory and Practice (pp. 147 – 176). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Tyson, L. M., Venville, G. J., Harrison, A. G., & Treagust, D. F. (1997). A multidimensional framework for interpreting conceptual change events in the classroom. Science Education,' 81,' 387 – 404.

Vosniadou, S. (1994). Capturing and modelling the process of conceptual change. Learning and Instruction,' 4,' 45 – 69.

Vosniadou, S., Ioannides, C., Dimitrakopoulou, A. & Papademetriou, E. (2001). Designing learning environments to promote conceptual change in science. Learning and Instruction,' 11,' 381 – 419.



Related files:

  1. Children's Misconceptions and Conceptual Change in Science Education

    This review was written in 2004 as part of the coursework for the unit of study Psychology of Learning,Knowing,and 'Thinking in the Master of Education degree program at the University of Sydney. It should be referenced as:Read,J. R. (2004). Children's Misconceptions and Conceptual Change in Science Education. Available from http://acell.chem.usyd.edu.'au/Conceptual-Change.cfm

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  2. Conceptual Change Presentation Abstract

    The abstract for the presentation Conceptual Change Theories as Frameworks for Chemistry Education Research 'from the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.

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  3. Conceptual Change Presentation Handout

    The slides from the presentation Conceptual Change Theories as Frameworks for Chemistry Education Research from the 19th Biennial Conference 'on Chemical Education.

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  4. Conceptual Change Reference List

    A list of selected references on the topic of conceptual change.

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