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1 A six-year old learning about seed growth to plants

2 6 year old using a loop film to study plant growth

3 6 year old studying the particulate nature of matter

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5 A 12th grade child being interviewed about the nature of matter

6 Working with Ausubelian principles and constructivist epistemology, we found, in 1972, we could transform a page interview transcript into a one page concept map more clearly representing the child’s understandings. Interview or transcript Concept map

7 A concept map prepared for a 2nd grade child

8 A concept map prepared from an interview with a 12th grade child

9 Successful interview requires: 1.Skilled interviewer 2.Good focus question(s) 3.Use “wait-time” 4.Use good props 5.Listen to interviewee 6.Use follow-up questions

10 Wynne interviewing a 3rd grade student about seeds

11 Wynne interviewing a 3rd grade student about seed growth

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13 A concept map drawn from Wynne’s interview with 3rd grader

14 Wynne interviewing a 4th grader about seeds

15 Concept map drawn from Wynne’s interview with 4th grader

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17 Wynne interviewing 4th grader about requirements for growth

18 Some ideas the children are not ready to learn: 1. Photosynthesis requires carbon dioxide, water, and light energy. 2.Growth of plants occurs with cell division. 3. Structures of plants form as cells differentiate.

19 With a sequence of proper lessons, 6-7 year olds can learn about photosynthesis


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