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ERIC Number: EJ1017353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
Fifth Grade Elementary Students' Conceptions of Earthquakes
Savasci, Funda; Uluduz, Hatice
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v14 n2 Article 11 Dec 2013
This study intends to investigate the fifth grade students' conceptions of earthquakes. Twenty two grade 5 students (11-12 years old) from five different elementary schools in Istanbul voluntarily participated in the study. Data were collected from semi-structured interviews with each participant. Six interview questions were designed by researchers based on the literature (Ross & Shuell, 1993; Lacin-Simsek, 2007) and the curriculum. Findings of the study indicated that most of the students did not have any scientific conceptions, describing earthquakes mostly from social, psychological and religious aspects, and believed that earthquakes happen as a result of human action. Most students were not able to scientifically explain why earthquakes occur and what precautions they should take during the event.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Grade 5; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey