Evolutionary Maps: A new model for the analysis of conceptual development, with application to the diurnal cycle

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Title: Evolutionary Maps: A new model for the analysis of conceptual development, with application to the diurnal cycle
Authors: Navarro Pastor, Manuel
Research Group/s: Didáctica de las Ciencias y la Tecnología
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Keywords: Conceptual change | Conceptual development | Primary school
Knowledge Area: Didáctica de las Ciencias Experimentales
Issue Date: 8-Nov-2013
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: International Journal of Science Education. 2013, Published online: 08 Nov. doi:10.1080/09500693.2013.855343
Abstract: This paper presents a model of how children generate concrete concepts from perception through processes of differentiation and integration. The model informs the design of a novel methodology (evolutionary maps or emaps), whose implementation on certain domains unfolds the web of itineraries that children may follow in the construction of concrete conceptual knowledge and pinpoints, for each conception, the architecture of the conceptual change that leads to the scientific concept. Remarkably, the generative character of its syntax yields conceptions that, if unknown, amount to predictions that can be tested experimentally. Its application to the diurnal cycle (including the sun’s trajectory in the sky) indicates that the model is correct and the methodology works (in some domains). Specifically, said emap predicts a number of exotic trajectories of the sun in the sky that, in the experimental work, were drawn spontaneously both on paper and a dome. Additionally, the application of the emaps theoretical framework in clinical interviews has provided new insight into other cognitive processes. The field of validity of the methodology and its possible applications to science education are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/35121
ISSN: 0950-0693 | 1464-5289 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2013.855343
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article. Non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly attributed, cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way, is permitted. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2013.855343
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