Beyond Knowledge

Learner Characteristics Influencing Conceptual Change

Authored by: Gale M. Sinatra , Lucia Mason

International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415898829
eBook ISBN: 9780203154472
Adobe ISBN: 9781136578212


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For the past several decades, conceptual change researchers have demonstrated in numerous studies that learning presents unique challenges when students have their own naïve theories or preconceived notions about the world around them (see, for example, Carey, 1985; Chinn & Brewer, 1993; Spelke, 1991; Vosniadou & Brewer, 1987). These challenges distinguish conceptual change learning from knowledge acquisition conceptually and pedagogically in significant ways. Further, it is precisely these distinctions that make the area of conceptual change research fruitful for providing insights into the nature of learning itself.

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