Abstract/Details

Young elementary students' conceptual understandings of lunar phases before and after an inquiry-based and technology -enhanced instructional intervention

Hobson, Sally Merryman.  The Ohio State University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 3338300.

Abstract (summary)

This mixed methods study explored young children’s understandings of targeted lunar concepts, including when the moon can be observed, observable lunar phase shapes, predictable lunar patterns, and the cause of moon phases. Twenty-one children (ages seven to nine years) from a multi-aged classroom participated in this study. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, student drawings, and card sorting before and after an inquiry-based, technology-enhanced instructional intervention. Students’ lunar calendars, written responses, field notes, and videotaped class sessions also provided data throughout the study. Data were analyzed using codes from prior lunar studies, constant comparative analysis, and nonparametric analysis. The instructional intervention included lunar data gathering, recording, and sharing, through the use of Starry Night planetarium software and an inquiry-based instruction on moon phases (McDermott, 1996). In a guided inquiry context children worked in groups to gather and analyze nine weeks of lunar data. Findings indicated a positive change in students’ understanding of all targeted concepts. After the intervention more children understood that the moon could be observed sometimes during the day, more children drew scientific moon phase shapes, and more children drew scientific representations of the moon phase sequences. Also, more children understood the cause of moon phases.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Elementary education;
Science education;
Curriculum development
Classification
0524: Elementary education
0714: Science education
0727: Curriculum development
Identifier / keyword
Education; Conceptual change; Elementary students; Inquiry; Instructional intervention; Lunar phases; Moon phases; Technology
Title
Young elementary students' conceptual understandings of lunar phases before and after an inquiry-based and technology -enhanced instructional intervention
Author
Hobson, Sally Merryman
Number of pages
231
Degree date
2008
School code
0168
Source
DAI-A 69/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-549-92726-6
Advisor
Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Flevares, Lucia
University/institution
The Ohio State University
University location
United States -- Ohio
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3338300
ProQuest document ID
304484387
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304484387