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ERIC Number: EJ1107181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Science Learning and Graphic Symbols: An Exploration of Early Years Teachers' Views and Use of Graphic Symbols When Teaching Science
Kambouri, Maria; Pampoulou, Eliada Salowm; Pieridou, Myria; Allen, Michael
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n9 p2399-2417 Sep 2016
The study investigated early years teachers' understanding and use of graphic symbols, defined as the visual representation(s) used to communicate one or more "linguistic" concepts, which can be used to facilitate science learning. The study was conducted in Cyprus where six early years teachers were observed and interviewed. The results indicate that the teachers had a good understanding of the role of symbols, but demonstrated a lack of understanding in regards to graphic symbols specifically. None of the teachers employed them in their observed science lesson, although some of them claimed that they did so. Findings suggest a gap in participants' acquaintance with the terminology regarding different types of symbols and a lack of awareness about the use and availability of graphic symbols for the support of learning. There is a need to inform and train early years teachers about graphic symbols and their potential applications in supporting children's learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
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