Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17200
Title: Representing the cell in diagrammatic form: A study of student preferences
Contributor(s): Bale, Colin (author); Taylor, Neil (author)orcid ; Vlaardingerbroek, Barend (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17200
Abstract: Diagrammatic representations are ubiquitous in science education, with students and teachers alike being firmly committed to their use. However, students interpret the visual data imparted by diagrams in different ways. In this study involving diagrams of cells, it was found that first-year university students apply various criteria to evaluate the quality of diagrams ranging from the instrumental to the aesthetic. A recurring theme is the misconception that diagrams are intended to portray real objects in a 'photographic' manner as opposed to being models thereof. Teachers need to pay more attention to how their students conceptually process diagrammatic information.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Teaching Science, 61(1), p. 41-46
Publisher: Australian Science Teachers Association
Place of Publication: Sydney Australia
ISSN: 1839-2946
1449-6313
Field of Research (FOR): 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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