Using a conflict map as an instructional tool to change student alternative conceptions in simple series electric-circuits

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Abstract

Research in science education has revealed that students have alternative conceptions when learning various domains in science. The conflict map uses a series of discrepant events, critical events, relevant scientific conceptions and perceptions to promote student conceptual change. This study was conducted to examine the effects of using a conflict map on eighth graders' conceptual change and ideational networks about simple series electric circuits. Through a quasi-experimental research design, 93 of Taiwan's eighth graders were assigned to a control group, receiving traditional instruction, while 97 eighth graders were assigned to an experimental group, which used a conflict map as an instructional tool. Research data gathered from a two-tier test revealed that the conflict map could help students overcome alternative conceptions about simple series electric circuits. Student interview data, analysed through a flow map method, also showed that the use of conflict map could help students construct greater, richer and more integrated ideational networks about electric circuits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-327
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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