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IJIET 2015 Vol.5(4): 255-259 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2015.V5.512

Exploration of Conceptual Understanding and Science Process Skills: A Basis for Differentiated Science Inquiry Curriculum Model

Jigger P. Leonor

Abstract—This qualitative study explores the students’ conceptual understanding and science process skills through differentiated science inquiry leading to a differentiated science inquiry curriculum model. Through phenomenographic analysis and in-depth interview, the conceptual understanding of students as based on SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcome) Taxonomy Model and DOK (Depth of Knowledge) Levels in Science revealed that as they engaged in DSI activities, they were able to exhibit their conceptual understanding characterized by integrating the different aspects of a concept into a coherent whole and extending it to making connections not only within the given subject area, but also beyond it. They were able to conceptualize at a higher level of abstraction and look at ideas in new and different ways. They showed recall of information, made some decisions on how to approach the problem, displayed deep knowledge using reasoning, planning, evidence and selected or devised one approach among many alternatives on how the situation can be solved. Chemistry concepts were strengthened and understood from their basic to complex tenets. These results led the students to achieve a range of accelerated progression as indicated by a positive transition from their prior understanding to a new conceptual improvement. By means of methodological triangulation, the science process skills of students were fully displayed, practiced, and applied as they engaged in higher levels of inquiry thereby directing them to a progressive manifestation of the basic and integrated science process skills.

Index Terms—Differentiated science inquiry, conceptual understanding, science process skills, curriculum model, chemistry concepts.

Jigger P. Leonor is with University of St. La Salle, Philippines (e-mail: jiggerleonor@yahoo.com).


Cite: Jigger P. Leonor, "Exploration of Conceptual Understanding and Science Process Skills: A Basis for Differentiated Science Inquiry Curriculum Model," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 255-259, 2015.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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