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International Journal of Science Education
written by Ileana Maria Greca and Marco Antonio Moreira
This article reports the results of an investigation of the level of mental representation in which college students operate regarding the physical concept of field, particularly in the domain of electromagnetism, when solving problems and questions. Fifty sophomore engineering students were observed during two semesters regarding the level of mental representations they used when solving problems and questions proposed as instructional tasks. Research findings suggest that students work mostly with propositions not related or interpreted with respect to mental models. The theoretical basis of the project stems from John-Laird's theory of mental representations, according to which there are at least three major kinds of such representations: mental models, propositions and images.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 19, Issue 6, Pages 711-724
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15531109
DOI:
10.1080/0950069970190607
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0950-0693
Keywords:
electric fields, electricity and magnetism, magnetic fields, student assessment, student conceptions
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I. Greca and M. Moreira, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 19 (6), 711 (1997), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069970190607).
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I. Greca and M. Moreira, The kinds of mental representations - models, propositions and images - used by college physics students regarding the concept of field Int. J. Sci. Educ. 19 (6), 711 (1997), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069970190607>.
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Greca, I., & Moreira, M. (1997, July 1). The kinds of mental representations - models, propositions and images - used by college physics students regarding the concept of field. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 19(6), 711-724. Retrieved August 23, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069970190607
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Greca, Ileana Maria, and Marco Antonio Moreira. "The kinds of mental representations - models, propositions and images - used by college physics students regarding the concept of field." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 19, no. 6, (July 1, 1997): 711-724, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069970190607 (accessed 23 August 2014).
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Greca, Ileana Maria, and Marco Antonio Moreira. "The kinds of mental representations - models, propositions and images - used by college physics students regarding the concept of field." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 19.6 (1997): 711-724. 23 Aug. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950069970190607>.
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