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The Change in Modeling Ability of Science-Gifted Students through the Co-construction of Scientific Model
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The Change in Modeling Ability of Science-Gifted Students through the Co-construction of Scientific Model
Park, Hee-Kyung; Choi, Jong-Rim; Kim, Chan-Jong; Kim, Heui-Baik; Yoo, Junehee; Jang, Shinho; Choe, Seung-Urn;
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 Abstract
The purpose of this study is to investigate the changes of students` modeling ability in terms of `meta-modeling knowledge` and `modeling practice` through co-construction of scientific model. Co-construction of scientific model instructions about astronomy were given to 41 middle-school students. The students were given a before and after instruction modeling ability tests. The results show that students` `meta-modeling knowledge` has changed into a more scientifically advanced thinking about models and modeling after the instruction. Students were able to be aware that `they could express their thoughts using models`, `many models could be used to explain a single phenomena` and `scientific models may change` through co-construction modeling process. The change in the `modeling practice` of the students was divided into four cases (the level improving, the level lowering, the high-level maintaining, the low-level maintaining) depending on the change of pre-posttest levels. The modeling practice level of most students has improved through the instruction. These changes were influenced by co-construction process that provides opportunities to compete and compare their models to other models. Meanwhile, the modeling practice level of few students has lowered or maintained low level. Science score of these students at school was relatively high and they thought that the goal of learning is to get a higher score in exams by finding the correct answer. This means that students who were kept well under traditional instruction may feel harder to adapt to co-construction of scientific model instruction, which focuses more on the process of constructing knowledge based on evidences.
 Keywords
model;Co-construction of scientific model;Modeling ability;Meta-modeling knowledge;Modeling practice;
 Language
Korean
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