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Naive Theories of Motion part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This chapter discusses knowledge of motion gained by experience, or naive theories of motion, and how experiential knowledge interacts with knowledge gained in the classroom. It describes research ...

Research on conceptual understanding in mechanics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper discusses research on the learning and teaching of some basic physics mechanics concepts. Several specific examples from representative investigations are presented in order to illustrate ...

The Implications of Cognitive Studies for Teaching Physics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article reviews lessons learned from cognitive studies. It suggests that results of cognitive studies provide a framework that is transferable to talking about and understanding how physics ...

Conceptions of natural selection: A snapshot of the sense making process part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This study investigates why students retain naïve explanations of natural phenomena even after being presented with scientifically acceptable explanations and whether changes over time ...

Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Research has shown that the skills of critical thinking must be practiced with a wide variety of problems in many different contexts in order to be learned and retained. The exercises, questions, and ...

ThinkerTools: Causal Models, Conceptual Change, and Science Education part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article describes an approach that enables sixth graders (i.e., 11- and 12-year-olds) to develop a conceptual model that embodies the principles underlying Newtonian mechanics, and to apply ...

Causal Model Progressions as a Foundation for Intelligent Learning Environments part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper describes the theoretical underpinnings and architecture of a new type of learning environment that incorporates features of microworlds and of intelligent tutoring systems. The ...

Facilitating Students' Inquiry and Learning and Metacognitive Development through Modifiable Software Advisers part of SERC Print Resource Collection
In this chapter, the authors argue that young students need to develop conscious, explicit theories of their own and each other's cognitive and social processes. Such awareness can enable them to ...

The Role of Metacognitive Knowledge in Learning, Teaching, and Assessing part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Examines one type of knowledge not included in the original Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, metacognitive knowledge. Based on the work of Flavell, this paper identifies three types of ...

Using a Metaphor for Learning to Improve Students' Metacognition in the Chemistry Classroom part of SERC Print Resource Collection
A constructivist framework was used in conjunction with an interpretive methodology to investigate the effect of an intervention using the metaphor 'learning is constructing' on students' ...