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Adbo, Karina
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Adbo, K. & Vidal Carulla, C. (2019). Designing play-based learning chemistry activities in the preschool environment. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 20(3), 542-553
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing play-based learning chemistry activities in the preschool environment
2019 (English)In: Chemistry Education Research and Practice, ISSN 1756-1108, E-ISSN 1756-1108, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 542-553Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on the design of play-based learning activities for chemistry in preschool. Viewing chemistry as a part of our past and present culture instead of as a subject, provides the backdrop for a more holistic approach to chemistry within this specific environment. A cultural-historical perspective, together with scaffolding, emergent science skills and sustained shared thinking, made up the framework for the design of the learning activities. Results show that when scaffolding and emergent science skills are used within the design, they provide good support for both the content and the teacher in the actual learning situation. Working with scaffolding was also beneficial for professional development. However, for a progressive and inclusive activity design, it is essential to take into account aspects of the immediate environment and methods for direct evaluation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019
National Category
Chemical Sciences Didactics
Research subject
Natural Science, Chemistry; Natural Science, Science Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85253 (URN)10.1039/C8RP00306H (DOI)000482258500008 ()2-s2.0-85068520431 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-09-24Bibliographically approved
Vidal Carulla, C. & Adbo, K. (2019). Using Cultural-Historical Theory to Design and Assess a Chemistry Play-Based Learning Intervention. Cultural-Historical Psychology, 15(4), 35-43
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using Cultural-Historical Theory to Design and Assess a Chemistry Play-Based Learning Intervention
2019 (English)In: Cultural-Historical Psychology, ISSN 1816-5435, E-ISSN 2224-8935, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 35-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study has been performed in Sweden, where the preschool curriculum states that children's understanding of simple chemical processes is a goal to strive towards [13]. However, uncertainty within the current preschool practice exists and has been described by B. Sundberg et al. [20]. Motivated by the lack of scientific literature on what chemistry content is suitable for preschool children and how to introduce it, this study aims to tackle how abstract concepts like "atoms" and "molecules" can be introduced to preschool children. With this purpose, a play-based learning intervention was designed, following the cultural- historical model for preschool science education proposed by M. Fleer [7], and implemented in two Swedish preschools, dividing a total of 20 three-years-old children into four groups of five children each. Data were collected in the form of video-recordings of the sessions and analysed following the principles from the experimental-genetic method summarized by N. Veresov [23]. Results are presented in the form of vignettes that illustrate significant moments from the intervention, together with discussion of how the social situation of development, the zone of actual development and the mediating tools facilitate the children in starting to talk about atoms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, 2019
Keywords
chemistry, preschool, cultural-historical theory
National Category
Didactics Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Science Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-91031 (URN)10.17759/chp.2019150404 (DOI)000504836500004 ()
Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-20 Last updated: 2020-01-20Bibliographically approved
Adbo, K. & Taber, K. (2014). Developing an Understanding of Chemistry: A case study of one Swedish student's rich conceptualisation for making sense of upper secondary school chemistry. International Journal of Science Education, 36(7), 1107-1136
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing an Understanding of Chemistry: A case study of one Swedish student's rich conceptualisation for making sense of upper secondary school chemistry
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Science Education, ISSN 0950-0693, E-ISSN 1464-5289, Vol. 36, no 7, p. 1107-1136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we report a case study of a 16-year-old Swedish upper secondary student's developing understanding of key concept areas studied in his upper secondary school chemistry course. This study illustrates how the thinking of an individual learner, Jesper, evolves over a school year in response to formal instruction in a particular educational context. Jesper presented a range of ideas, some of which matched intended teaching whilst others were quite inconsistent with canonical chemistry. Of particular interest, research data suggest that his initial alternative conceptions influenced his thinking about subsequent teaching of chemistry subject matter, illustrating how students' alternative conceptions interact with formal instruction. Our findings support the claims of some researchers that alternative conceptions may be stable and tenacious in the context of instruction. Jesper's rich conceptualisation of matter at submicroscopic scales drew upon intuitions about the world that led to teaching being misinterpreted to develop further alternative conceptions. Yet his intuitive thinking also offered clear potential links with canonical scientific concepts that could have been harnessed to channel his developing thinking. These findings support the argument that identifying students' intuitive thinking and how it develops in different instructional contexts can support the development of more effective science pedagogy.

Keywords
P-prims, Intuitive ideas, learning progression, case study, conceptual development
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Science Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30332 (URN)10.1080/09500693.2013.844869 (DOI)000331864100003 ()2-s2.0-84894654120 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Adbo, K. (2014). Hur ska vi skapa struktur och logik i kemiundervisningen?. LMNT-nytt (1), 28-32
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hur ska vi skapa struktur och logik i kemiundervisningen?
2014 (Swedish)In: LMNT-nytt, ISSN 1402-0041, no 1, p. 28-32Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2014
Keywords
kemididaktik
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Special Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-42595 (URN)
Available from: 2015-04-15 Created: 2015-04-15 Last updated: 2015-04-16Bibliographically approved
Taber, K. & Adbo, K. (2013). Developing chemical understanding in the explanatory vacuum: Swedish high school students' use of an anthropomorphic conceptual framework to make sense of chemical phenomena. In: Tsaparlis, G & Sevilan, H (Ed.), Concepts of Matter in Science Education: (pp. 347-370). Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing chemical understanding in the explanatory vacuum: Swedish high school students' use of an anthropomorphic conceptual framework to make sense of chemical phenomena
2013 (English)In: Concepts of Matter in Science Education / [ed] Tsaparlis, G & Sevilan, H, Springer, 2013, p. 347-370Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The results presented here derive from a research project exploring 16-18 year old

Swedish upper secondary science students’ developing understandings of key

concepts for matter and phase change. In the Swedish educational context there is

limited prescription of what is taught at different grade levels, and students may only

meet scientific models of the submicroscopic structure of the matter some years after

considering the phenomena that these models have been developed to explain.

Students may develop alternative and sometimes idiosyncratic imaginative notions to

populate this ‘explanatory vacuum’. In this study we discuss one aspect of student

responses in a sequence of semi-structured interviews spread over a single school

year, viz. the common use of anthropomorphic language in student descriptions and

explanations of basic chemical phenomena – change of state, chemical bonding and

reactions. Such anthropomorphic language has been considered to have the potential

either to facilitate or impede progression in students’ learning in chemistry. In the

present study we found a high level of anthropomorphic language in students’

explanations. In some cases there were clear indications that our interviewees were

aware of the limitation of their anthropomorphic explanations, which could be

considered to take the role of temporary place-holder for technical ideas not yet

available. However, in many other instances anthropomorphism was used without any

indication of its limited explanatory power. In these circumstances anthropomorphic

explanations would appear to satisfy epistemic hunger, the human “need to ‘make

meaning’ and understand their surroundings” (De Jesus, Teixeira-Dias, & Watts,

2003, p. 1017), and take the place of canonical explanations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2013
Series
Innovations in Science Education and Technology, ISSN 1873-1058 ; 19
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Science Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-17770 (URN)10.1007/978-94-007-5914-5_17 (DOI)9400759134 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-02-24 Created: 2012-02-24 Last updated: 2014-12-17Bibliographically approved
Adbo, K. (2012). Relationships between models used for teaching chemistry and those expressed by students. (Doctoral dissertation). Kalmar: Linnaeus university
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relationships between models used for teaching chemistry and those expressed by students
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is focused upon chemistry as a school subject and students' interpretations and use of formally introduced teaching models. To explore students' developing repertoire of chemical models, a longitudinal interview study was undertaken spanning the first year of upper secondary school chemistry. Matter in its different states was selected as the target framework for this study. The results presented are derived from both generalisations of groups of students as well as a case study describing an individual learner's interpretation of formal content. The results obtained demonstrated that the formal teaching models provided to the students included in this study were not sufficient to afford them a coherent framework of matter in its different states or for chemical bonding. Instead, students' expressed models of matter and phase change were to a high degree dependent on electron movement (Paper I), anthropomorphism (Paper II) and, for one student, a mechanistic approach based on small particles and gravitation (Paper III). The results from this study place focus on the importance of learners' prior learning (previous experiences) and the need to develop a coherent framework of formal teaching models for the nature of matter and phase change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kalmar: Linnaeus university, 2012. p. 83
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 79/2012
Keywords
chemistry didactics, particulate nature of matter, phase transition, student expressed models, Swedish school, teaching models
National Category
Natural Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Science Education; Natural Science, Science Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-17824 (URN)978-91-86983-36-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-03-30, N2007, Västergård, Smålandsgatan 26A, Kalmar, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2012-02-29 Created: 2012-02-29 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved
Adbo, K. & Taber, K. (2009). Learners' Mental Models of the Particle Nature of Matter: A study of 16-year-old Swedish science students. International Journal of Science Education, 31(6), 757-786
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learners' Mental Models of the Particle Nature of Matter: A study of 16-year-old Swedish science students
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Science Education, ISSN 0950-0693, E-ISSN 1464-5289, Vol. 31, no 6, p. 757-786Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The results presented here derive from a longitudinal study of Swedish upper secondary science students' (16-19 years of age) developing understanding of key chemical concepts. The informants were 18 students from two different schools. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mental models of matter at the particulate level that learners develop. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews based around the students' own drawings of the atom, and of solids, liquids, and gases. The interview transcripts were analysed to identify patterns in the data that offer insight into aspects of student understanding. The findings are discussed in the specific curriculum context in Swedish schools. Results indicate that the teaching model of the atom (derived from Bohr's model) commonly presented by teachers and textbook authors in Sweden gives the students an image of a disproportionately large and immobile nucleus, emphasises a planetary model of the atom and gives rise to a chain of logic leading to immobility in the solid state and molecular breakdown during phase transitions. The findings indicate that changes in teaching approaches are required to better support learners in developing mental models that reflect the intended target knowledge.

National Category
Natural Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Science Education; Natural Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-1718 (URN)10.1080/09500690701799383 (DOI)
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Nicholls, I. A., Adbo, K., Andersson, P. O., Andersson, H. S., Hedin-Dahlström, J., Karlsson, J. G., . . . Wikman, S. (2002). Molecularly imprinted polymers: unique possibilities for environmental monitoring. In: William Hogland, Vilmantė Vyšniauskaitė (Ed.), William Hogland, Vilmantė Vyšniauskaitė (Ed.), Proceedings of Kalmar Eco-Tech'01 : conference on leachate and waste water treatment with high-tech and natural systems : the 3rd International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation Between Companies/Institutions in the Nordic Countries and the Countries in the Baltic Sea Region : November 26 to 28, 2001 Kalmar, Sweden: . Paper presented at Kalmar Eco-Tech'01 : conference on leachate and waste water treatment with high-tech and natural systems : the 3rd International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation Between Companies/Institutions in the Nordic Countries and the Countries in the Baltic Sea Region : November 26 to 28, 2001 Kalmar, Sweden (pp. 285-288). Högskolan i Kalmar
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2002 (English)In: Proceedings of Kalmar Eco-Tech'01 : conference on leachate and waste water treatment with high-tech and natural systems : the 3rd International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation Between Companies/Institutions in the Nordic Countries and the Countries in the Baltic Sea Region : November 26 to 28, 2001 Kalmar, Sweden / [ed] William Hogland, Vilmantė Vyšniauskaitė, Högskolan i Kalmar, 2002, p. 285-288Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Kalmar, 2002
National Category
Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Organic Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16985 (URN)
Conference
Kalmar Eco-Tech'01 : conference on leachate and waste water treatment with high-tech and natural systems : the 3rd International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation Between Companies/Institutions in the Nordic Countries and the Countries in the Baltic Sea Region : November 26 to 28, 2001 Kalmar, Sweden
Available from: 2012-01-23 Created: 2012-01-23 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved
Nicholls, I. A., Adbo, K., Andersson, H. S., Andersson, P.-O., Ankarloo, J., Hedin-Dahlström, J., . . . Wikman, S. (2001). Can we rationally design molecularly imprinted polymers?. Analytica Chimica Acta, 435(1), 9-18
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2001 (English)In: Analytica Chimica Acta, Vol. 435, no 1, p. 9-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Organic Chemistry
Research subject
Natural Science, Organic Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-1866 (URN)
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved
Adbo, K. & Nicholls, I. A. (2001). Enantioselective SPE on Tröger’s base molecularly imprinted polymers. In: . Paper presented at 14th International Symposium on Affinity Interactions. San Carlos, Mexico, April 30-May 3
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enantioselective SPE on Tröger’s base molecularly imprinted polymers
2001 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
San Carlos, Mexico, April 30-May 3: , 2001
Research subject
Natural Science, Organic Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-5019 (URN)
Conference
14th International Symposium on Affinity Interactions
Note
Nummer: Available from: 2010-04-28 Created: 2010-04-28 Last updated: 2015-04-16Bibliographically approved
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