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ERIC Number: EJ901261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Children's Ideas about Earthquakes
Simsek, Canan Lacin
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v2 n1 p14-19 Jan 2007
Earthquake, a natural disaster, is among the fundamental problems of many countries. If people know how to protect themselves from earthquake and arrange their life styles in compliance with this, damage they will suffer will reduce to that extent. In particular, a good training regarding earthquake to be received in primary schools is considered as highly important for raising conscious citizens regarding this field. Consequently this study aim, what kind of thoughts do kindergarten students, grade 1, 2, 6 and 8 students, who are attending primary schools, have regarding earthquake phenomena? This study has a descriptive aim. A qualitative method based on semistructured interview method has been used in this study to analyze children's thoughts about earthquake and ways of protection from it deeply. Sampling group of this study is composed of a total of 40 students and 16 of these felt earthquake and only one student experienced earthquake in real terms. As a result of this study, it has been thought that there is an adverse image in students' minds regarding earthquake phenomena and this results from deficiency in knowledge obtained. It has been observed that few students can give rational answers for the causes of earthquake and no one can explain the causes of earthquake completely and scientifically. (Contains 3 tables.)
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Education, 14280 Golkoy-Bolu, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 6; Grade 8; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey