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Physical Properties and Change

Students' Representations and Explanations of Dissolving in Regard to Interactions of Molecules

This resource can be used with CTS Section IV (grades 8 and above) to examine research findings about students' understanding of dissolving from a macro to micro level.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Concord Consortium (2006). Students' Representations and Explanations of Dissolving in Regard to Interactions of Molecules. The Molecular Workbench- Research Results at http://workbench.concord.org/research/results/spec_analysis_dis1.html

Floating Logs, Solids and Holes

These assessment probes can be used with CTS Section IV.These probes target student ideas related to density. The probes can be used to examine student work related to the Density topic study. In addition, the teacher notes provide further information for CTS Sections II, III, and IV.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Keeley, P., Eberle, F., and Tugel, J. (2007). Uncovering student ideas in science-25 more formative assessment probes. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press (available at nsta.org; also available through amazon.com).

Comparing Cubes, Floating Logs, Turning the Dial, Boiling Time and Temperature, Freezing Ice

These assessment probes can be used with CTS Section IV.These probes target student ideas related to characteristic properties of matter. The probes can be used to examine student work related to the topic study. In addition, the teacher notes provide further information for CTS Sections II, III, and IV.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Keeley, P., Eberle, F., and Tugel, J. (2007). Uncovering student ideas in science-25 more formative assessment probes. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press (available at nsta.org; also available through amazon.com).

Beyond Appearances- Students' Misconceptions about Basic Chemical Ideas

This report can be used to supplement the misconception research in CTS Section IV and address instructional implications in Section II. The report is a comprehensive summary of 11 conceptual areas of chemistry and examines the misconceptions students age 11-18 are likely to have, their possible origins, and implications for elementary, middle, and high school instruction.

Bibliographic Citation: 
A Report Prepared for the Royal Society of Chemistry, by Vanessa Barker (exact citation unknown). You can access the pdf version of the report at: http://www.rsc.org/education/teachers/learnnet/miscon.htm

A Cross-Age Study of the Understanding of Five Chemistry Concepts

This paper can be used with CTS section IV to explore middle and high school students' reasoning patterns and alternative conceptions related to chemical change, dissolving, conservation of matter, periodicity, and phase change.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Abraham, M., Westbrook, S. (1994). A Cross-Age Study of the Understanding of Five Chemistry Concepts Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Vol 31(2). Pp 147-165.
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