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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp

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Towards understanding conceptual formation in science education 845

Rodrigues A.M.
PhD Student, University of São Paulo, Officer, Secretariat of the Department of Education of São Paulo State, Sao Paolo, Brazil
e-mail: andremr@if.usp.br

Mattos C.R.
PhD, Professor, Institute of Physics, University of Sa~o Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil
e-mail: mattos@if.usp.br

Abstract
In this paper we will discuss the concept formation in science education. It is well know that since 80´s the most part of research in science education dealing with concept formation is related – directly or indirectly – with the conceptual change model. However, the science education research still lacks a consensual model to explain the concept formation considering the complex meaning negotiation dialogue within social interactions, both in school and daily life contexts. This theoretical discussion is important to point new directions to conceptual profile model research. The teaching-learning process in science education should not be limited to contents exposition. Toward an effective meaningful learning, teacher should also consider the conscious awareness as a target to meaning making. In this work Activity Theory is a relevant theoretical framework for understanding the teaching-learning of scientific concepts and to interpret the qualitative changes in this process. This approach opens the door to develop in two ways: embed the praxis in cognitive models on the one hand and insert communicative and semiotic processes in the Activity Theory on the other. We propose three categories that help us to understand the complex dynamics of teaching-learning process based on the dialectic interplay of the internalization and externalization.

Keywords: conceptual profile; activity theory; order of learning; science education; complexity

Column: Issues In Cultural Activity Theory

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