Conceptual Change Through Building Three-dimensional Models
M. Barnett, T. Keating, S. Barab, K. Hay 2000 in B. J. Fishman and S. F. O’Connor (eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Hillsdale, NJ :Erlbaum p134-142
This study assesses the growth of students’ conceptual understanding of the seasons of the Earth and eclipses and phases of the Moon upon completing a 3-D modeling-based astronomy course. Results from pre-course and post-course interviews of students showed a significant improvement of students’ conceptual understanding of these topics.