Conceptual change theory

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Conceptual change theory

  1. 1. Conceptual Change Theory and Scientific Visualisations
  2. 2. Conceptual Change Theory <ul><li>Science knowledge can be thought of as a network of connected concepts, rather than as disconnected individual ‘factoids’ </li></ul><ul><li>Students come to the classroom with existing ideas and explanations for the things they see around them </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Some of these concepts are correct, or close to correct, others are not </li></ul><ul><li>The incorrect ones are often called ‘misconceptions’, ‘alternative conceptions’, ‘naïve conceptions’ or ‘children’s science’ </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Conceptual change theory is a way of thinking about the process by which students change from their misconceptions to more correct conceptions </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The four parts of the model are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissatisfaction with the current concept </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The availability of a new concept that is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plausible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fruitful </li></ul></ul>

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