ERIC Number: ED252389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Some Issues Relating to Children's Questions and Explanations. Learning in Science Project (Primary). Working Paper No. 106.
Biddulph, Fred; Osborne, Roger
One area explored in the Learning in Science Project (Primary--LISP(P)--was children's questions about and explanations of phenomena. Data were obtained from work with classes of children, interviews with children, informal discussions with teachers, and observations of two teachers using an alternative teaching model (outlined in an appendix) which builds on questions children have and explanations that they suggest. Children's responses to this approach suggests that they: can identify a communication system which encourages them to ask questions; are able to decide which questions interest them most; will accept questions which are not their own; and appreciate lessons based on their questions. In addition, variations in the number of questions asked by children and in the number of children asking questions were found. Other findings are presented and analyzed in relation to: (1) features of children's questions (such as questions serving different functions for different children); (2) six aspects of children's explanations (including the finding that children's answers give insight into the way they interpret a question); and (3) teachers' reactions to science as inquiry (such as teachers being surprised at the sophistication of children's questions and answers). Implications of these findings for further research are outlined. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Waikato Univ., Hamilton (New Zealand). Science Education Research Unit.
Identifiers: Learning in Science Project (Primary); New Zealand; Questions; Science Education Research
Note: For related document, see SE 045 303.