ERIC Number: ED318627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Children's Conceptions about the Earth, the Sun and the Moon: Greek and American Data. Technical Report No. 497.
Vosniadou, Stella; Brewer, William F.
This document reports the results of a cross-cultural study on children's knowledge about the shape, gravity, movement, and location of the Earth and about the day/night cycle. The subjects of the study were elementary school students from Greece (N=90) and the United States (N=60). The results of the study showed that the children in both samples constructed similar initial concepts about the Earth and went through similar steps in the process of changing these concepts to make them conform to the currently accepted scientific notions. Both the Greek and U.S. children conceptualized the earth as flat and stationary and thought it was located in the middle of the solar system. They also thought that things fall down, not toward the center of the spherical earth, and that the day/night cycle is caused by the movement of the sun and the moon. In the process of changing these concepts, the Greek and U.S. children formed similar misconceptions. Methods and procedures are discussed. A list of 27 references is included. (Author/CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.
Identifiers - Location: Greece