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Students' alternative frameworks for the nature of matter: a cross-cultural study of linguistic and cultural interpretations

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Lynch, PP, Students' alternative frameworks for the nature of matter: a cross-cultural study of linguistic and cultural interpretations, International Journal of Science Education, 18, (6) pp. 743-752. ISSN 0950-0693 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0950069960180607

Abstract

A comparative study of primary students’ understanding of the nature of matter and, in particular, their conceptualization of the solid, liquid and gaseous states was undertaken in Tasmania (Australia) and the Philippines. Comparable groups of students were interviewed in their home languages: English, Tagalog and B’laan. The B’laans are a tribal society with a distinct language and culture, the Tasmanians are fully westernized and, in those terms, the Tagalogs are ‘transitional’. The main purposes of the study is to explore to what extent language and culture are associated with students’ alternative frameworks and to add insights regarding the choice of language of instruction in developing countries. © 1996, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:Lynch, PP (Dr Paddy Lynch)
ID Code:8538
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19
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