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Investigating the effectiveness of teaching methods based on a four-step constructivist strategy

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This paper reports on an investigation of the effectiveness an intervention using several different methods for teaching solution chemistry. The teaching strategy comprised a four-step approach derived from a constructivist view of learning. A sample consisting of 44 students (18 boys and 26 girls) was selected purposively from two different Grade 9 classes in the city of Trabzon, Turkey. Data collection employed a purpose-designed ‘solution chemistry concept test’, consisting of 17 items, with the quantitative data from the survey supported by qualitative interview data. The findings suggest that using different methods embedded within the four-step constructivist-based teaching strategy enables students to refute some alternative conceptions, but does not completely eliminate student alternative conceptions for solution chemistry.
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Journal Article
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Calik, M., Ayas, A. & Coll, R. K. (2010). Investigating the effectiveness of teaching methods based on a four-step constructivist strategy. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19(1), 32-48.
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2010
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Springer
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This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Journal of Science Education and Technology. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.