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ERIC Number: EJ905687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1305-8223
Are Animals "More Alive" than Plants? Animistic-Anthropocentric Construction of Life Concept
Yorek, Nurettin; Sahin, Mehmet; Aydin, Halil
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v5 n4 p369-378 2009
This study investigated the characteristics students use in attributing value to and classifying the living things; the relational construction of the life concepts and the living things and the place of human in this construction. Participants were first-year high school students from seven schools in Izmir (a large western city in Turkey). An open-ended conceptual understanding test was developed and administered to students. Semi-structured interview forms were applied to students and biology teachers, one from each school; and this provided additional data to clarify ambiguous points in students' responses to the conceptual test. Results revealed that students constructed the life concept by associating it predominantly with "human". The most frequently associated concept to the life concept was found to be motion. Students tended to use their own classification criteria instead of biological classification. Generally, we noticed classifications in the form of "human-animal-plant". (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey