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An Analysis of Preservice Earth Science Teachers` Mental Models about Coriolis Force Concept
Kim, Eunju; Lee, Hyundong; Lee, Hyonyong;
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 Abstract
The purpose of this study is to investigate preservice earth science teachers` mental models through applications of Coriolis force experiment apparatus. After the root of preconception was examined by face to face interviews based on the questionnaire, five preservice earth science teachers were finally selected for this study. The mental models about concept of Coriolis force was classified into naive mental model, static unstable mental model, dynamic unstable mental model, and scientific mental model through the result of individual interviews and their drawings. According to the mental model analysis about Coriolis` force conception, students C and M showed naive mental model about concept of Coriolis force before experiment. After the experiment, student M`s model changed to static unstable mental model. Student C`s model improved to dynamic unstable mental model. In adiition, students D and O`s model improved from static unstable mental model to dynamic unstable mental model. In the case of student B, the dynamic unstable mental model was maintained after the experiment, however, student B`s preconception changed to scientific concept. It turned out that a change occurred from low mental model level to integrated mental model after the application of the developed Coriolis` force experiment apparatus. According to the results, national curriculum is similar to static unstable mental model and the result of developed Coriolis` force experiment apparatus is similar to dynamic unstable mental model. It is suggested that it become the theoretical foundation to develop more comfortable and advanced Coriolis force experiment apparatus by improving the experiment apparatus.
 Keywords
coriolis force;mental model;coriolis force experiment apparatus;preservice earth science teacher;
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Korean
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