How Do Students Make Sense of Science?
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly Volume 39, Number 1, ISSN 0272-930X
Eighth graders' ideas about thermodynamics, and their understanding of thermodynamics principles, were assessed before and after they attended a one-semester course on thermodynamics. Results characterized students' views concerning scientific explanations of phenomena, parsimonious versus descriptive explanations, the application of science knowledge, and the learning of science. (BC)
Linn, M.C. & Songer, N.B. (1993). How Do Students Make Sense of Science?. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 39(1), 47-73.