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Title: Prior Knowledge for the Construction of a Scientific Model of Equilibration
Authors: Swanson, Hillary
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Swanson, H. (2016). Prior Knowledge for the Construction of a Scientific Model of Equilibration In Looi, C. K., Polman, J. L., Cress, U., and Reimann, P. (Eds.). Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 1. Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The Next Generation Science Standards charge U.S. teachers with the task of including patterns, as a crosscutting concept, in their science curriculum. This study explores prior knowledge that is relevant to students’ construction of a scientific model of an equilibration pattern. A Knowledge in Pieces lens is applied to video transcript of a class discussion on thermal equilibration in order to identify elements of students’ prior knowledge that might be productive for their construction of a scientific model of equilibration. The discussion occurred near the beginning of a unit on equilibration, in the middle of a yearlong pattern-based curriculum. Twenty-one 8th grade students participated in the class. Six previously undocumented knowledge elements are identified, characterized, and considered in terms of their potential productivity for helping students construct a difference drives rate model of equilibration. These findings contribute to literature concerned with the productivity of prior knowledge in conceptual change.
URI: https://repository.isls.org/handle/1/112
https://dx.doi.org/10.22318/icls2016.23
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