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Primary school children's ideas of mixing and of heat as expressed in a classroom setting
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. Linköpings universitet. (Physics education research)
Linköpings universitet.
Linköpings universitet.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Baltic Science Education, ISSN 1648-3898, Vol. 13, no 5, 726-739 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates primary school children’s (7-8 year-old, N = 25) ideas of mixing of marbles and of heat, expressed in small-group predict-observe-explain exercises, and drawings representing the children’s own analogies in a classroom setting. The children were typically found to predict that marbles of two different colours would mix when rocked back and forth on a board. This idea of mixing is slightly more advanced than previously reported in the literature. The children’s ideas of heat included reference to warm objects, their own bodies when exercising, and the process of one warm solid object heating another object in direct contact. In addition, through scaffolding, some of the children expressed a substance view of heat. Finally, the potential and challenges in probing children’s ideas through a combination of data collection techniques in a classroom setting are reflected upon.

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2014. Vol. 13, no 5, 726-739 p.
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heat; mixing; children's ideas; primary school; classroom setting
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236319ISI: 000347033100011OAI: diva2:763944
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2016-01-27Bibliographically approved

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