Model Building for Conceptual Change

Authored by: David Jonassen , Matthew A. Easter

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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Conceptual change is most meaningful when it is intentional (Dole & Sinatra, 1998). In order for intentional conceptual change to occur, according to Luque (2003), learners must be aware of a need to change and be able to know what to change; learners must want to change, making change as a personal goal; and learners must be able to self-regulate the process of change; that is, be able to plan, monitor, and evaluate the process (self-regulation prerequisite). The question that pervades much of the work described in the book is, “how do we engage and encourage intentional conceptual change?”

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