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Science & Education

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 267–285 | Cite as

Conceptual change or Conceptual Profile change?

  • Eduardo F. Mortimer
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Abstract

In this paper I draw an overview of a new model to analyse conceptual evolution in the classroom, based on the notion of Conceptual Profile. This model differs from conceptual change models in suggesting that it is possible to use different ways of thinking in different domains and that a new concept does not necessarily replace previous and alternative ideas. According to this model, learning science is to change a conceptual profile and become conscious of the different zones of the profile, which includes commonsense and scientific ideas.

To exemplify how the Conceptual Profile notion can help to understand the evolution of conceptions in the classroom I shall determine the different zones that constitute the epistemological and ontological profile of the concepts of the atom and of physical states of matter.

Keywords

Physical State Conceptual Change Change Model Conceptual Evolution Alternative Idea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo F. Mortimer
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculdade de EducaçãoUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo Horizonte — MGBrazil

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