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ERIC Number: EJ941856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
The Development of Scientific Knowledge of the Earth
Nobes, Gavin; Martin, Alan E.; Panagiotaki, Georgia
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v23 n1 p47-64 Mar 2005
Investigation of children's knowledge of the Earth can reveal much about the origins, content and structure of scientific knowledge, and the processes of conceptual change and development. Vosniadou and Brewer (1992, claim that children construct coherent mental models of a flat, flattened, or hollow Earth based on a framework theory and intuitive constraints of flatness and support. To examine this account, 62 children, aged 5-10 years, and 31 adults ranked 16 pictures according to how well they were thought to represent the Earth. Even young children showed scientific knowledge of the shape of the Earth. There was little or no evidence of naive mental models, indicating that any intuitions or constraints must be very weak. Instead, before they acquire the scientific view, children's knowledge of the Earth appears to be incoherent and fragmented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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