Identifying threshold concepts in learning nanoscience by using concept maps and students' responses to an open-ended interview

Eun Jung Park, Gregory Light, Thomas Mason

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This study explores students understanding of key concepts in nanoscience with the intention of identifying a potential threshold concept in the field through the analysis of student concept maps and explanatory interviews. The analysis of students' maps indicates conceptual development and learning difficulties in learning size-dependent property change at the Nano-scale. In addition, it identifies potential threshold concepts in the study and understanding of nanoscale science from the students' perspective. It also indicates the importance of previous learning in science to integrate isolated concepts and to help students achieve a deeper understanding of key phenomena at the nanoscale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-110
Number of pages2
JournalComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Issue numberPART 3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008
EventInternational Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a Learning World - 8th International Conference for the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2008 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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