ERIC Number: ED090078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Children's Conceptions of the Adult World. Reports from the Institute for Educational Research, 91/1971.
The purpose of the study was to describe Finnish children's conceptions of aspects of the adult world and the development of the structure of children's thinking. Ninety boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 10 were interviewed individually. Each child was asked a minimum of 15 questions in each of the following subject areas: 1) war and peace; 2) power and practice of power; 3) deviating groups: prisoners, mentally ill, bums, and the rich; and 4) protection of nature. Questions asked were mainly concerned with a knowledge of facts, but some also required evaluation and value judgement. Following a brief introduction, the report presents a description of the children's conceptions in the four subject areas and points out the similarity of and differences in the ideas of the different age groups. Observations on the children's conceptions and a comparison with earlier studies are made. Interview questions and children's answers to each question in different age groups are included in the appendices. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Cognitive Development, Comparative Education, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Environment, Individual Power, Interviews, Kindergarten, Laws, Mental Disorders, Peace, Political Power, Prisoners, Social Problems, War, World Problems
Institute for Educational Research, SF-40 100 Jyvaskyla 10, Finland. ($2.00 single copy mimeographed report)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Finnish National Commission for the Humanities, Helsinki.
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Inst. for Educational Research.
Identifiers - Location: Finland