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Evaluating and Improving a Learning Trajectory for Linear Measurement in Elementary Grades 2 and 3: A Longitudinal Study

Author(s): 
Clements, Douglas
Barrett, Jeffrey
Sarama, Julie
Cullen, Craig
McCool, Jenni
Witkowski-Rumsey, Chepina
Klanderman, David
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2012
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January
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We examined children’s development of strategic and conceptual knowledge for linear measurement. We conducted teaching experiments with eight students in grades 2 and 3, based on our hypothetical learning trajectory for length to check its coherence and to strengthen the domain-specific model for learning and teaching.We checked the hierarchical structure of the trajectory by generating formative instructional task loops with each student and examining the consistency between our predictions and students’ ways of reasoning.

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K-12 Resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education A website collection of resources and findings generated through educational research and development projects funded in part by the National Science Foundation can help inform states and school systems that are developing strategies for improving K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

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Common Misconceptions about Heat and Insulation

Author(s): 
Fries-Gaither, Jessica
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Electronic
Year: 
2009
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December
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The concepts of energy and heat are challenging for elementary students. Because young students are not ready to delve into kinetic theory and molecular motion, much of the explanation of heat and energy transfer is inaccessible to them. In addition, the use of the word "energy" in popular culture may interfere with the development of scientific understanding. Nevertheless, elementary students are capable of exploring heat through observations and qualitative, developmentally appropriate explanations.

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