Addressing robust misconceptions through the ontological distinction between sequential and emergent processes

J. Bryan Henderson, Elon Langbeheim, Michelene T.H. Chi

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Abstract

This chapter provides an update to the ontological shift view of conceptual change that pertains to certain robust misconceptions in which a shift between entity and process ontologies might not be sufficient. Pointing to a ‘narrative-like,’ Sequential Schema that develops from our familiarity with storytelling and everyday scripts, we argue that learners are more apt to intuit a concept with a sequential ontology for processes than they are an emergence ontology for processes. We suggest this important sequential/emergent distinction can help overcome notoriously robust misconceptions in the sciences. Additionally, we put forth three clarifications of the ontological shift view in response to critiques advanced in the conceptual change literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConverging Perspectives on Conceptual Change
Subtitle of host publicationMapping an Emerging Paradigm in the Learning Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages26-33
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315467122
ISBN (Print)9781138205390
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

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