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ERIC Number: EJ1156838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Children's Ideas about the Internal Structure of Trees: Cross-Age Studies
Rybska, Eliza; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Sajkowska, Zofia Anna
Journal of Biological Education, v51 n4 p375-390 2017
Trees are important to the environment owing to their ecological services. However, many aspects of their form and function are poorly understood by the public. From their earliest years, children have an elementary knowledge about plants which they gain from their everyday observations, their parents and other people and from their kindergarten and primary schooling. The goal of this research was to investigate Polish children's understanding of trees' internal structure. This cross-age study involved 5-year-old children from kindergarten (n = 57, 26 boys and 31 girls) and 7-year-old children (n = 105, 57 boys and 48 girls) and 10-year-old children (83 children, 36 boys and 47 girls) from primary school. Participants were asked to draw the internal structure of a tree. The results of the study showed that there were some significant differences in the responses between age groups and between the genders. Nevertheless, there were some ideas that were shared among all age groups indicating that they might be resistant to change. The study also identified some alternative conceptions about the internal structure of plants and the influence of the media on children's ideas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland
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