The Influence of an Inquiry-based Approach on Grade Four Learners’ Understanding of the Particulate Nature of Matter in the Gaseous Phase: A Case Study
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University of Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
Online publication date: 2019-10-14
Publication date: 2019-10-14
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2020;16(1):em1812
A qualitative pre-/post-test case study was conducted to explore the influence of inquiry-based education in eliciting learners’ understanding of the particulate nature of matter in the gaseous phase. Two grade four classes (n=116) were conveniently and purposively sampled from two farm schools in Pretoria, South Africa. Data was collected through pre-test, initial group interviews, post-test, final group interviews and field notes. The pre-intervention data indicated that the continuous, continuous-animistic and the continuous empty models of matter in the gaseous phase dominated learners’ understanding in all the four classes. A considerable decrease in the continuous model was observed in the inquiry classes rather than in the lecture classes post-intervention.
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