ERIC Number: EJ1177247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Do Objects of Different Weight Fall at the Same Time? Updating Naive Beliefs about Free-Falling Objects from Fictional and Informational Books in Young Children
Venkadasalam, Vaunam P.; Ganea, Patricia A.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v19 n2 p165-181 2018
This study examined whether children 4- and 5-years-old (N = 156) can revise a physical science misconception from different types of picture books. A realistic fiction book and informational book with identical images matched in word count and reading difficulty level were compared to a control book about plants. In the pretest and posttest, children were asked to make predictions about pairs of objects that either had the same or different weight. The pretest scores showed that many children began with the misconception that heavier objects fall faster than lighter objects. Posttest scores revealed that children revised this misconception after reading the realistic fiction and informational picture books but not after reading the control book. These findings provide evidence that children as young as age 4 can acquire physical science knowledge from picture books and that both realistic fiction and informational books can be used effectively to expose children to science concepts.
Descriptors: Young Children, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Comparative Analysis, Plants (Botany), Pretests Posttests, Prediction, Scores, Nonfiction, Fiction, Picture Books, Receptive Language, Coding, Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
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