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TEACHING AND LEARNING ABOUT MATTER IN GRADE 6 CLASSROOMS: A CONCEPTUAL CHANGE APPROACH

  • Pattamaporn PimthongEmail author
  • Naruemon Yutakom
  • Vantipa Roadrangka
  • Sudjid Sanguanruang
  • Bronwen Cowie
  • Beverley Cooper
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to enhance the teaching and learning of matter and its properties for grade 6 students. The development of a conceptual change approach instructional unit was undertaken for this purpose. Pre- and post-concept surveys, classroom observations, and student and teacher interviews were used to collect data. The teaching activities not only challenged and encouraged students’ conceptual change but also indicated that teachers needed to develop their content knowledge and teaching strategies. The participants developed more scientific conceptions and were able to apply these in appropriate contexts. This study illustrates how a conceptual change approach can be accomplished in the Thai context.

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conceptual change matter and its properties primary level 

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© National Science Council, Taiwan 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pattamaporn Pimthong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Naruemon Yutakom
    • 2
  • Vantipa Roadrangka
    • 2
  • Sudjid Sanguanruang
    • 2
  • Bronwen Cowie
    • 3
  • Beverley Cooper
    • 3
  1. 1.Khon Kaen UniversityKhon KaenThailand
  2. 2.Kasetsart UniversityChatuchakThailand
  3. 3.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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