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Conceptual structure in childhood and adolescence : the case of everyday physics, Christine Howe

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Conceptual structure in childhood and adolescence : the case of everyday physics
Title
Conceptual structure in childhood and adolescence
Title remainder
the case of everyday physics
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Christine Howe
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Language
eng
Summary
Heat breaks up charcoal and puts sulphur dioxide in'; 'The air pulls faster on heavy masses'. These and other similar statements by school-aged children untutored in physics carry two messages. First, children's pre-instructional conceptions of the physical world are a far cry from the received wisdom of science; second, despite their lack of orthodoxy, children's conceptions carry a definite sense of causal mechanism. This sense of mechanism is the focal concern of this book for it raises issues of central importance to both psychological theory and educational practice. In particular, some psychologists have claimed that human cognition is organised around causal mechanisms along the lines of a theory. This carries specific implications for teaching. Does the existence in children's thinking of causal mechanisms relating to the physical world support these psychologists? Does this have consequences for the teaching of science? Christine Howe reviews evidence relating to pre-instructional conceptions in three broad topic areas: heat and temperature; force and motion; floating and sinking. A wide range of published work is discussed, including the author's own research.; In addition, a new study covering all three topic areas is reported for the first time. The message is that causal mechanisms can indeed play an organising role, that untutored cognition can in other words be genuinely theoretical. Having drawn these conclusions, Christine Howe discusses their meaning in terms of both cognitive development and educational practice. A model is outlined which synthesises Piagetian action-groundedness with Vygotskyan cultural-synbolism and has a distinctive message for classrooms. Conceptual Structure in Childhood and Adolescence will be useful to cognitive and developmental psychologists and to science educators alike
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Howe, Christine
Dewey number
155.4/1343
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Psychology revivals
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  • Cognition in children
  • Cognition in adolescence
  • Physics
  • Physics
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Conceptual structure in childhood and adolescence : the case of everyday physics, Christine Howe
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Pt. 1. Introduction -- pt. 2. Heat transfer -- pt. 3. Propelled motion -- pt. 4. Object flotation -- pt. 5. Conclusion
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ocn814274040
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9781138647923
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unknown
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Taylor & Francis
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10.4324/9781315626772
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remote
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(OCoLC)814274040
Label
Conceptual structure in childhood and adolescence : the case of everyday physics, Christine Howe
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Pt. 1. Introduction -- pt. 2. Heat transfer -- pt. 3. Propelled motion -- pt. 4. Object flotation -- pt. 5. Conclusion
Control code
ocn814274040
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781138647923
Level of compression
unknown
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other control number
10.4324/9781315626772
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)814274040

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