Use of Biology Concept Cartoons to Assist Low Performing Middle School Students in Their Understanding of Natural Selection

Use of Biology Concept Cartoons to Assist Low Performing Middle School Students in Their Understanding of Natural Selection
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This study investigated the use of biological concept cartoons in discussions as a strategy to actively engage low performing (LP) seventh grade students to stimulate the formation of more scientifically accurate conceptions. This mixed methods study involved achievement testing, student surveys, video-taping of group discussions and interviews with four LP students. Students received either concept cartoons prompts (CC) or the same prompts with Text only and no visuals (TO). A series of four discussions on natural selection concepts were recorded with inquiry-based projects in between. Comparisons were made between the CC and TO groups for gains on an achievement test, as well as for changes in frequency of participation, reasoning contributions, and amount of on-task time. Quantitative results indicate that the two groups performed similarly. Qualitative results indicate concept cartoons were slightly more interesting, motivating lower performing students to participate and therefore to learn.

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