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Title: An Investigation into Students' Interpretations of Submicroscopic Representations
Authors: Stevens, Shawn
Shin, Namsoo
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Stevens, S. & Shin, N. (2010). An Investigation into Students' Interpretations of Submicroscopic Representations. In Gomez, K., Lyons, L., & Radinsky, J. (Eds.), Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) - Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Selected Abstracts (pp. 439-440). Chicago IL: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Applying a particulate model of matter requires learners to translate among several levels of representationsmacroscopic, microscopic and symbolic. Successful instruction and assessment require that students properly interpret representations. As part of the development of validated assessments to place students along a learning progression, this study explores how students' interpretations of representations change and affect their responses to items as they progress through the science curriculum. We find that different representations may enhance different alternative conceptions.
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