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International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change

Edited by: Stella Vosniadou

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415898829
eBook ISBN: 9780203154472
Adobe ISBN: 9781136578212

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Conceptual change research investigates the processes through which learners substantially revise prior knowledge and acquire new concepts. Tracing its heritage to paradigms and paradigm shifts made famous by Thomas Kuhn, conceptual change research focuses on understanding and explaining learning of the most the most difficult and counter-intuitive concepts. Now in its second edition, the International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change provides a comprehensive review of the conceptual change movement and of the impressive research it has spawned on students’ difficulties in learning.

In thirty-one new and updated chapters, organized thematically and introduced by Stella Vosniadou, this volume brings together detailed discussions of key theoretical and methodological issues, the roots of conceptual change research, and mechanisms of conceptual change and learner characteristics. Combined with chapters that describe conceptual change research in the fields of physics, astronomy, biology, medicine and health, and history, this handbook presents writings on interdisciplinary topics written for researchers and students across fields. 

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Conceptual Change in Learning and Instruction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  A Bird’s-Eye View of the “Pieces” vs. “Coherence” Controversy (from the “Pieces” side of the Fence) Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Two Kinds and Four Sub-Types of Misconceived Knowledge, Ways to Change it, and the Learning Outcomes Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Contextuality of Knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Relations Between Short-Term and Long-Term Conceptual Change Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Conceptual Change in Physics  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Conceptual Change When Learning Experimental Design Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Learning and Teaching about matter in the Elementary Grades Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Learning and Teaching about Matter in the Middle–School Years Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Conceptual Change in Naïve Biology  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Evolutionary Biology and Conceptual Change Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Conceptual Understanding in the Domain of Health Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Changing Historical Conceptions of History Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Conceptual Change and Historical Narratives About the Nation Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Conceptual Change in the Social Sciences Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Framework Theory Approach Applied to Mathematics Learning Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Bundling Hypothesis Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Problem of Conceptual Change in the Philosophy and History of Science Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Conceptual Change in the History of Science Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Beyond Knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Mental Modeling in Conceptual Change Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Roles for Explanatory Models and Analogies in Conceptual Change Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Conceptual Innovation and Transfer Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Conceptual Change Through Collaboration Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Teaching Science for Conceptual Change Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Self-Organization in Conceptual Growth Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Knowledge Integration Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Promoting Conceptual Change Through Inquiry Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Representation Construction to Support Conceptual Change Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Model Building for Conceptual Change Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Situating Text, Talk, and Transfer in Conceptual Change Download PDF
Contributors Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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