Publication details for Dr Phil JohnsonP.M. Johnson (2002). Children's Understanding of Substances, Part 2: Explaining Chemical Change. International Journal of Science Education 24(10): 1037 - 1054.
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
- ISSN/ISBN: 0950-0693, 1464-5289
- DOI: 10.1080/09500690110095339
- Keywords: Particle model, Macroscopic approach.
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Author(s) from Durham
Focuses on the idea of chemical change and reports data from a study exploring the development of the concept of substance in children aged 11-14. Examines the use of the idea of elements, compounds, and bonding between atoms to explain chemical change and the intersection of these ideas with "basic" particle ideas. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/YDS)
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