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ERIC Number: EJ890920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Young Children's Acquisition of Knowledge about the Earth: A Longitudinal Study
Hannust, Triin; Kikas, Eve
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v107 n2 p164-180 Oct 2010
This longitudinal study examined the acquisition of early knowledge of astronomy to determine whether children's knowledge at any point in time is consistent with a naive "mental model." Children were first assessed by means of open questions and drawing tasks at 2 and 3 years of age (N = 143). The knowledge was reassessed over the course of the following 3 years. The results showed that although a few indications of naive mental models were found, in most cases young children's knowledge was fragmented and accurate knowledge was often expressed alongside inaccurate/synthetic ideas. Furthermore, it was shown that children need to know scientific facts before they start taking the global perspective when describing the world and, when faced with ambiguous open questions, children often experience difficulties that can induce them to change the types of answers they provide. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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