ERIC Number: ED223459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Children's Beliefs about the Human Circulatory System: An Aid for Teachers Regarding the Role Intuitive Beliefs Play in the Development of Formal Concepts in 7-14-Year Olds. Report No. 82:16.
Catherall, Robin W.
This exploratory study was aimed at uncovering children's beliefs and ideas about the human circulatory system. Thirty-two subjects, aged 7 to 14 years, were interviewed using a modification of Piaget's clinical method. The data were analyzed by developing a conceptual inventory of beliefs for each of five research questions. It was found that the interview methodology was effective in ascertaining these belief structures. Many children were found to possess similar beliefs about certain aspects of the circulatory system. Developmental trends were also evident from the data collected. It was also found that many of the beliefs from the study paralleled the ancient scientific ideas about this system. It is felt that the beliefs uncovered in the study will aid the educational community by providing insight into some of the "typical" ideas that children bring to the classroom. This study is organized into five chapters with five appendices containing supporting documentation. These include an exemplary transcript from a student interview, diagrams of the heart and circulatory system from the interview, and a list of nine belief summaries derived from the exemplary student interview. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Biological Sciences, Cardiovascular System, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Interviews, Learning Theories, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
Educational Research Institute of British Columbia, 400-515 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V5Z 4A8 ($13.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Inst. of British Columbia, Vancouver.