Learners' use of analogy and alternative conceptions for chemical bonding: A cross-age study

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This paper describes Australian secondary school, undergraduet and postgraduate students' use of analogy and anthropomorphism along with their alternative conceptions for mental models of chemical bonding. This interview-based inquiry found that learners make use of analogy and anthromorphism to aid their explanations of chemical bonding and in addition revealed that learners accross all three academic levels harbored a number of alternative conceptions.

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  • Richard K. Coll

  • David F. Treagust

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