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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
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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: Australia
ISSN: 1839-2946
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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