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ERIC Number: EJ1027603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
On Teaching the Scientific Complexity of Germination: A Study with Prospective Elementary Teachers
Vidal, Manuel; Membiela, Pedro
Journal of Biological Education, v48 n1 p34-39 2014
This study reveals and discusses the problems of future elementary teachers after they have completed a practical on germination, including the fact that such practice is conceptually more complex than is usually considered, at least when the aim is to experiment with the determinant factors for germination. In this case there seemed to be some conflict between everyday knowledge and school knowledge. Thus, nearly half of the subjects indicated the need for soil to germinate seeds, an idea probably associated with their personal experience, because in everyday life seeds are placed in the ground. We believe that seed germination must remain a key part of elementary science teaching, but it should be reoriented taking into account its complexity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A