ERIC Number: ED336269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Instructional 'Man-Trap': Anthropomorphic and Animistic Thought in Constructivist Science Education.
Watts, Mike; Bentley, Di
This paper addresses two distinctive issues concerning animistic and anthropomorphic thought in the context of constructivist science education. The first concerns the extent of such ways of thinking, both within science itself and within school science. The second concerns the implications of this for theories of instruction in science education. The first section briefly considers the historical perspective of the exorcism of anthropomorphism from science. The second examines a variety of research into youngsters' animism and anthropomorphism, exploring data from school science students in particular. The third looks at the way science is presented in school, the potential for the positive use of anthropomorphic explanation and in the fourth considers some of the ways in which it might proceed given the arguments that have been made. The final section attempts to summarize the discussion. (KR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Anthropomorphism; Constructivism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991). Faint type throughout.