Investigating with concept cartoons: practical suggestions for using concept cartoons to start student investigations in elementary school and beyond

E. van den Berg, Patricia Kruit

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Abstract

Concept cartoons can be used to diagnose misconceptions and stimulate discussion of basic concepts and phenomena. However, the teacher can also present a cartoon and then ask students to think of experiments to further investigate the phenomenon shown in the cartoon. Our experience is that students from age 9–18 very quickly come with creative ideas and start investigations. That is, of course, only the beginning. The teacher will have to follow the work of the students closely and help them to develop their investigation skills and critical thinking. In the workshop you will experience how to start an investigation with the cartoon and then we will focus on how to use formative assessment to improve the work of students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalScientia in Educatione
Volume8
Issue numberspecial issue
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

The article was originally presented at the ICPE-EPEC Conference on Physics Education, Prague, 5–9 August 2013 and appeared in the proceedings of that conference. It was then selected by the editors for publication in a special issue of Scientia in Educatione.

Vol 8 (2017) Keynotes and selected papers from the International Conference on Physics Education, ICPE-EPEC 2013 (Special Issue)

Keywords

  • concepts
  • evidence
  • reasoning
  • inquiry
  • designing experiments
  • concept cartoons

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