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ERIC Number: EJ925109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
The Reproduction of Scientific Understanding about Pendulum Motion in the Public
Manabu, Sumida
Science & Education, v13 n4-5 p473-492 Jul 2004
This paper describes life-span development of understanding about pendulum motion and effects of school science. The subjects were 2,766 people ranging from kindergartners up to 88 years senior citizens. The conflict and consensus between children and their parent's understanding of pendulum motion were also analyzed. The kindergartner's understanding, mostly non-scientific, made a marked developmental change to another type of non-scientific understanding by the time they reach G 4. Parents with scientific understanding do not presumably nurture scientifically minded children, even though about half of them can apply scientific conceptions that shorter pendulums swing faster, and the amplitude and speed of pendulum motion do not depend on its weight. There seems to be another type of developmental change from scientific understanding to non-scientific understanding around their fifties. It is suggested that the scientific understanding in the public about pendulum motion become predominant due to the educational intervention through school science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Kindergarten
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Language: English
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