Student reasoning while investigating plant material
2008 (English)In: NorDiNa: Nordic Studies in Science Education, ISSN 1504-4556, Vol. 4, no 2, 177-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this project, 10-12 year old students investigated plant material to learn more about plants and photosynthesis. The research study was conducted to reveal the students’ scientific reasoning during their investigation and also to establish what they already knew, what they wanted to know, and what they actually learned about plants and photosynthesis. The eleven different tasks helped students investigate plant anatomy, plant physiology, and the gases involved in photosynthesis and respiration. The study was carried out in the ordinary classrooms. The collected data consisted of audio-taped discussions, students’ notebooks, and field notes. Students’ discussions and written work, during the different plant tasks, were analysed to see how the students’ learning and understanding processes developed. The analysis is descriptive and categorised from a modified general typology of student’s epistemological reasoning. The study shows students’ level of interest in doing the tasks, their struggle with new words and concepts, and how they develop their knowledge about plant physiology. The study confirms that students, in this age group, develop understanding and show an interest in complicated processes in natural science, e.g. photosynthesis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo och Göteborg, 2008. Vol. 4, no 2, 177-191 p.
primary school, photosynthesis, reasoning, plant tasks
mellanstadiet, fotosyntes, uppgifter om växter, elevresonemang
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32069OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-32069DiVA: diva2:300864