Bringing together a wide collection of ideas, reviews, analyses and new research on particulate and structural concepts of matter, Concepts of Matter in Science Education informs practice from pre-school through graduate school learning and teaching and aims to inspire progress in science education. The expert contributors offer a range of reviews and critical analyses of related literature and in-depth analysis of specific issues, as well as new research. Among the themes covered are learning progressions for teaching a particle model of matter, the mental models of both students and teachers of the particulate nature of matter, educational technology, chemical reactions and chemical phenomena, chemical structure and bonding, quantum chemistry and the history and philosophy of science relating to the particulate nature of matter. The book will benefit a wide audience including classroom practitioners and student teachers at every educational level, teacher educators and researchers in science education.
"If gaining the precise meaning in particulate terms of what is solid, what is liquid, and that air is a gas, were that simple, we would not be confronted with another book which, while suggesting new approaches to teaching these topics, confirms they are still very difficult for students to learn".
Peter Fensham, Emeritus Professor Monash University, Adjunct Professor QUT
(from the foreword to this book)
Table of Contents
PETER FENSHAM Foreword.- GEORGIOS TSAPARLIS AND HANNAH SEVIAN Introduction: Concepts of matter – Complex to teach and difficult to learn - PART I: LEARNING PROGRESSIONS FOR TEACHING A PARTICLE MODEL OF MATTER.- JOI MERRITT AND JOSEPH KRAJCIK Learning progression developed to support students in building a particle model of matter.- PHILIP JOHNSON How students’ understanding of particle theory develops: A learning progression.- HANNAH SEVIAN AND MARILYNE STAINS Implicit assumptions and progress variables in a learning progression about structure and motion of matter.- MARIANNE WISER, KATHRYN E. FRAZIER AND VICTORIA FOX At the beginning was amount of material: A learning progression for matter for early elementary grades.- PART II: STUDENTS’ AND TEACHERS’ MENTAL MODELS OF THE PARTICULATE NATURE OF MATTER.- DAVID F. TREAGUST, A. L. CHANDRASEGARAN, LILIA HALIM, ENG TEK ONG, AHMAD NURULAZAM MD ZAIN AND MAGESWARY KARPUDEWAN Understanding of basic particle nature of matter concepts by secondary school students following an intervention program.- MEI-HUNG CHIU AND SHIAO-LAN CHUNG The use of multiple perspectives of conceptual change to investigate students' mental models of gas particles.- CANAN NAKIBOĞLU AND KEITH S. TABER The atom as a tiny solar system: Turkish high school students' understanding of the atom in relation to a common teaching analogy.- ELENI PETRIDOU, DIMITRIS PSILLOS, EURIPIDES HATZIKRANIOTIS AND MARIA KALLERY A study on the exploratory use of microscopic models as investigative tools: The case of electrostatic polarization.- INGO EILKS Teacher pathways through the particulate nature of matter in lower secondary school chemistry: Continuous switching between different models or a coherent conceptual structure?.- FAIK Ö. KARATAŞ, SUAT ÜNAL, GREGORY DURLAND AND GEORGE BODNER What do we know about students' beliefs? Changes in students' conceptions of the particulate nature of matter from pre-instruction to college.- AJDA KAHVECI Diagnostic assessment of student understanding of the particular nature of matter: Decades of research.- PART III: EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY.- SEVIL AKAYGUN AND LORETTA L. JONES Dynamic visualizations: Tools for understanding the particulate nature of matter.- GEORGE KALKANIS From the scientific to the educational: Using Monte Carlo simulations of the microKosmos for science education by inquiry.-PART IV: CHEMICAL REACTIONS, CHEMICAL PHENOMENA.- GEORGE PAPAGEORGIOU Can simple particle models support satisfying explanations of chemical changes for young students?.- VICENTE TALANQUER How do students reason about chemical substances and reactions?.- KEITH S. TABER AND KARINA ADBO Developing chemical understanding in the explanatory vacuum: Swedish high school students' use of an anthropomorphic conceptual framework to make sense of chemical phenomena.- PART V: CHEMICAL STRUCTURE AND BONDING.- TAMI LEVY NAHUM, RACHEL MAMLOK-NAAMAN AND AVI HOFSTEIN Teaching and learning of the chemical bonding concept: Problems and some pedagogical issues and recommendations.- KEITH S. TABER A common core to chemical conceptions: Learners' conceptions of chemical stability, change and bonding.- MARIJN R. MEIJER, ASTRID M. W. BULTE AND ALBERT PILOT Macro-Micro thinking with structure-property relations: Integrating ‘meso levels’ in secondary education.- GEORGIOS TSAPARLIS Learning and teaching the basic quantum chemical concepts.- PART VI: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE.- CONSTANTINE D. SKORDOULIS AND VANGELIS KOUTALIS Investigating the historical development of the concept of matter: Controversies about/in ancient atomism.- GEORGIOS TSAPARLIS AND HANNAH SEVIAN Toward a scientifically sound understanding of concepts of matter.