Exploring understandings and responses to science: a program of longitudinal studies

Gustav Helldén

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This paper will report on the development of a research program by a group of science educators at Kristianstad University, which has its roots in a longitudinal study I conducted concerning students’ developing understandings of ecological processes. Following the insights generated in this first study concerning the nature of student understandings, and the potential of the longitudinal design, a research group has developed at Kristianstad which has extended this work into related areas. This paper will describe my own work and its development, and link it with three projects that use a longitudinal design, which we have subsequently undertaken and in some cases completed. The emphasis within the paper will be on the findings generated by these studies on student learning and response to science, and the particular features of the longitudinal design that allow such insights to emerge. The paper will explore patterns of change, and continuity, as a way of appreciating the particular contributions of longitudinal studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-122
Number of pages23
JournalResearch in Science Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogy (50301)


  • attitudes
  • longitudinal studies
  • science learning


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