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ERIC Number: EJ818149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0332-3315
Comparing Children's and Student Teachers' Ideas about Science Concepts
Kerr, Karen; Beggs, Jim; Murphy, Colette
Irish Educational Studies, v25 n3 p289-302 Sep 2006
Children and teachers may not think in the same way about particular science concepts. Such parallel lines of thought can compound children's confusion and misunderstanding as they learn science at primary school. The situation could be more acute when student teachers are teaching science, because of their limited experience of considering children's ideas. This paper investigates children's and student teachers' ideas about certain science concepts: "animal", "flower", "living", "force" and "energy". The ideas and understandings of 96 children and 168 student teachers were explored. Results showed that the student teachers and children had similar ideas about "flower" and "animal", whereas they evidenced very different responses to "living", "energy" and "force". Implications for classroom practice are considered. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland