ERIC Number: ED106117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Children's Concepts of Natural Phenomena: Use of a Cognitive Mapping Approach to Describe These Concepts.
Rowell, Richard M.
Reported is a study based on the summary findings of a series of studies which indicated that many children who receive organized instruction designed around the few major concepts of science do, in fact, use scientific models to explain their observations of natural phenomena. The instruction that children in the study received was delivered by means of an audiotutorial (A-T) science program, the design and planning of which were based in part on the educational psychology of David Ausubel. Background information about the Audio-Tutorial Elementary Science Project (ATESP) is presented. A carrel set-up picture for one A-T science lesson is presented and described. The method of inquiry chosen included the use of Piaget's revised clinical method for interviewing and is described in detail. Concept maps are presented, serving as guides for interviews dealing with the various concepts. Data are presented for 95 children who were present for all of the four interviews conducted as part of the program. Conclusions drawn project positive results. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (48th, Los Angeles, California, March 1975). Best Copy Available; Occasional small type in diagrams used