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In this study, we determined the effectiveness of the inquiry-based Itakura method for mediating alternate conceptions of preservice elementary teachers (N = 38) in an integrated mathematics, science, and technology methods course. We investigated alternate conceptions in the expansion of solids due to heating. There was a significant increase in participants’ immediate learning gains after participating in the Itakura method. Retention data was gathered after 1, 2, and 3 months. After 3 months, retention levels dropped slightly, but not significantly. Responses revealed that the majority of the participants did not revert back to alternate conceptions after 3 months.
Isabelle, A.D., and C. de Groot (2008). Alternate Conceptions of Pre-service Elementary Teachers: The Itakura Method. Journal for Science Teacher Education, (19), 417-435. Available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10972-008-9105-8