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The characteristics of critical aspects and their role in constituting patterns of variation
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0748-790X
2005 (English)In: 11th European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Integrating multiple perspectives on effective learning environments. Biennial Meeting. Abstracts, Nicosia: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction , 2005, p. 350-351Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to analyse the characteristics of critical aspects and the role they play in constituting patterns of variation and making certain kinds of learning possible. These were identified in an empirical study where the lifecycle of angiosperms was learned. The identified critical aspects defined different ways of experiencing the life cycle. Six teachers and their students (aged 7-12) participated in the study. The relationships between the characteristics of the critical aspects, the patterns of variation that constituted the space of learning and the learning outcome were investigated. Before the lesson the teachers and the researcher established the object of learning. In order to understand how the students experienced the object of learning, the students were interviewed before and after the lessons. In order to get a good picture of how both teachers and students related to the object of learning, observations and video recording of lessons were made, as well as stimulated recall interviews with both students and teachers. All recordings were transcribed in verbatim. The result shows that critical aspects can be described in terms of being specific or general with respect to the object of learning. They were identified to be more or less dependent on relations to each other and that relationship were identified as hierarchical. For some aspects it was only the relation to general aspects that made it possible to constitute patterns of variation. The critical aspects were also identified to be characterised of the presence, or absence, of a physical reference, which here refers to a link to a visible object or process. A conclusion is that, for understanding the lifecycle of angiosperms the specific critical aspects are dependent on relations to general aspects and of the patterns of variation and physical references that relation offers.

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Nicosia: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction , 2005. p. 350-351
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Geochemistry
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Applied Geology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32284Local ID: 6bc6a310-4beb-11dc-ac5f-000ea68e967bISBN: 9963-607-65-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-32284DiVA, id: diva2:1005518
Conference
Integrating MultiplePperspectives on Effective Learning Environments : 23/08/2005 - 27/08/2005
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Godkänd; 2005; 20070816 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved

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