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ERIC Number: EJ931376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Talking about Plants and People
Peacock, Alan
Primary Science Review, n84 p10-13 Sep-Oct 2004
The Eden Project in Cornwall sets out to educate about the interdependence of plants and people. Its tropical and Mediterranean biomes are housed in the largest "greenhouses" in the world, which serve as a backdrop to plants that grow in the temperate zones of the world, grown in Eden's outdoor landscape. Eden has aroused worldwide interest, and previous issues of this journal have reported studies of "teacher-led" school visits to the Eden Project (Peacock and Bowker, 2001; Bowker, 2002), as opposed to education officer-led workshops, to find out what children learn. In follow-up interviews, some children voluntarily expressed a preference for visits with their parents rather than those school visits led by teachers. Various reasons were given for this: children said that they learned more with parents (they "saw more" or "missed less") and had more control over where they went. In this article, the author analyses children's conversations with their parents when visiting the Eden Project. Analysis first focused on where and how families chose to spend their time. It then focused on what kind of talk children and parents were engaged in, through completing tick lists at 10-second intervals. A third-level analysis then focused on the concepts being mentioned or discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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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: United Kingdom