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ERIC Number: EJ1070481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Reference Count: 39
Elementary Children's Retrodictive Reasoning about Earth Science
Libarkin, Julie C.; Schneps, Matthew H.
International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, v5 n1 p47-62 2012
We report on interviews conducted with twenty-one elementary school children (grades 1-5) about a number of Earth science concepts. These interviews were undertaken as part of a teacher training video series designed specifically to assist elementary teachers in learning essential ideas in Earth science. As such, children were interviewed about a wide array of earth science concepts, from rock formation to the Earth's interior. We analyzed interview data primarily to determine whether or not young children are capable of inferring understanding of the past based on present-day observation (retrodictive reasoning) in the context of Earth science. This work provides a basis from which curricula for teaching earth and environmental sciences can emerge, and suggests that new studies into the retrodictive reasoning abilities of young children are needed, including curricula that encourage inference of the past from modern observations.
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Abstract Reasoning, Comprehension, Inferences, Concept Formation, Science Instruction, Thinking Skills, Knowledge Level, Logical Thinking, Observation, Semi Structured Interviews, Hypothesis Testing
International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education. T&K Akademic Rosendalsvein 45, Oslo 1166, Norway. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.iejee.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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