A Design-based Approach to Fostering Understanding of Global Climate Change

TitleA Design-based Approach to Fostering Understanding of Global Climate Change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSvihla, V, Linn, MC
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Pagination651 - 676
Date Published2012/03/15/
ISBN Number09500693
Keywords*Original 959, 1WAC, 2RRP, Classroom environment -- Research, CLIMATIC changes, EFFECT of human beings on climatic changes, ENERGY consumption, Energy transfer, environmental education, ENVIRONMENTAL education -- Activity programs, global warming, Include, Include WAC, Inquiry method (Teaching), interactive learning, Learning environment, methodology, R1 FINAL INCLUDE, Round 2 Include RRP, Round 2 Review 2 RRP, Round1 Include, STUDY & teaching, STUDY & teaching (Middle School), VISUALIZATION
AbstractTo prepare students to make informed decisions and gain coherent understanding about global climate change, we tested and refined a middle school inquiry unit that featured interactive visualizations. Based on evidence from student pre-test responses, we increased emphasis on energy transfer and transformation. The first iteration improved comprehension of the visualizations resulting in better understanding of energy transfer (n = 67). The second iteration improved understanding of energy transformation (n = 109) by adding pivotal cases, reducing deceptive clarity, and emphasizing distinguishing of ideas. Focusing student investigations in the second version allowed students to make more normative, personally relevant decisions related to their energy use. These iterative refinements reflected knowledge integration principles and offer guidance for designers of inquiry units.
Short TitleInternational Journal of Science Education