Title: Understanding possibilities and limitations of abstract chemical representations for achieving conceptual understanding
Authors: Corradi, David ×
Elen, Jan
Schaepen, Benno
Clarebout, Geraldine #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Series Title: International Journal of Science Education vol:36 issue:5 pages:715-734
Abstract: When learning with abstract and scientific multiple external representations (MERs), low prior knowledge learners are said to have difficulties in using these MERs to achieve conceptual understanding. Yet little is known about what these limitations precisely entail. In order to understand this, we presented 101 learners with low prior knowledge of abstract scientific MERs to see (a) how many, and what kind of ideas (propositions) learners remembered from these MERs and (b) what the impact of these ideas is on conceptual understanding of the content. Propositional analysis indicates that learners created flawed internal representations. The discussion analyses the potentials that the learners have in using abstract representations to increase their understanding of scientific information and possible effects of instruction.
ISSN: 0950-0693
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Instructional Psychology and Technology
Teaching and Learning Support, Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Campus Kulak Kortrijk – miscellaneous
× corresponding author
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