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Title: The use of analogy in the teaching of solubility to pre-service primary teachers
Contributor(s): Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid ; Coll, Richard K (author)
Publication Date: 1997
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Abstract: A large-scale study of Indian and Fijian pre-service primary teachers in Fiji revealed that many teachers held alternative conceptions of fundamental scientific concepts. One example of this related to the scientific concept of the conservation of matter. It was discovered that the teachers were unclear how this concept related to the dissolution process. The dissolution of the highly coloured compound potassium permanganate was found to act as a useful analogy for the dissolution of colourless substances such as sugar. Post-study evaluation indicates that the analogy was successful in correcting the alternative conceptions observed, and was found to be successful for both ethnic groups who participated in the study. It is suggested that the findings may be of significance in informing teaching in other countries where teaching science in multicultural contexts is becoming increasingly commonplace.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Science Teachers' Journal, 43(4), p. 58-64
Publisher: Australian Science Teachers Association
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0045-0855
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130103 Higher Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
930201 Pedagogy
930103 Learner Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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