An international consortium for concept learning research in four countries (USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, and Mexico)

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This report presents a rationale for development of an international perspective on the role of research in the improvement of science education in particular, and education in general. Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and the United States are the participating countries. Topics discussed include: 1) goals and directions for science education research, 2) needs and resources for effective science education research, and 3) the role of a science education research consortium in the improvement of the research programme in the country. The symposium will specifically focus on the use of technology to facilitate the transition of young children from concrete understanding of concepts to abstract thought. An aspect that is unique to the needs and resources of each country will be examined. The United States will focus on the influence of computer simulation activities on the development of pattern recognition and extension. Costa Rica will concentrate on calculator activities' effect on numeration and place value understanding. Black and white computer simulations' effects on pattern recognition and extension will be explored in Trinidad and Tobago. Mexico intends to replicate the US study with an emphasis on Spanish verbal components


Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 58th, French Lick Springs, IN, 15-18 Apr., 1985

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