Finding the common thread: Learners' intuitive knowledge of general patterns that apply across domains

Hillary Lucille Swanson*

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Abstract

This study explores learners' intuitive knowledge of the general patterns of change that apply across multiple domains. Examples of such patterns are oscillation, equilibration, and threshold. Intuitions of these patterns can be leveraged in the design of constructivist science instruction. Clinical interviews elicit pattern intuitions by showing participants highly schematic simulations designed to illustrate each pattern. Participants are then prompted to generate examples of phenomena that follow each pattern. Preliminary analysis suggests that students have rich intuitive knowledge regarding general patterns that transcend various domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Pages563-564
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Jul 2 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

Name10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period7/2/127/6/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Swanson, H. L. (2012). Finding the common thread: Learners' intuitive knowledge of general patterns that apply across domains. In 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings (pp. 563-564). (10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning, ICLS 2012 - Proceedings; Vol. 2).