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Gelb, Steven A. – 1987
Two studies were conducted to (1) discover how often and in what contexts preschool children might hear generic male pronouns, and (2) gauge the extent to which young children have assimilated the idea that the general case of biological being is male. In order to determine when children hear generic male pronouns, regular observations of…
Descriptors: Animals, Early Childhood Education, Females, Males
Wood, Millicent A.; Churchman, David – 1988
This study examines the limited literature on zoomobile programs and suggests that remarkable uniformity exists between such variables as types and lengths of programs offered, animals used, staffing, area served, and funding. It notes a common set of problems, from practical ones such as animal stress and liability insurance, through…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
Churchman, David – 1984
Education is one important role of zoos, but there is relatively little research on the extent to which zoos are serving this role. Traditional methods for collecting and analyzing such information have significant disadvantages in zoo settings and should be supplemented (not replaced) by nonreactive measures. To test this concept, teams of…
Descriptors: Animals, Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Course Descriptions
Dai, Mei-Fun Wang – 1995
The study reported in this paper intended to trace what Chinese children think about life and identify their naive theories. Fifty-eight 5-year-old children in Taiwan from 39 kindergartens were interviewed using a semi-structured instrument. Results indicate that preschool children have preconceptions about the concept of life even before entering…
Descriptors: Animals, Cultural Influences, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
Barba, Robertta H. – 1995
The purpose of this cross-age study was to investigate elementary students' (N=120) tacit and explicit understandings of dinosaurs. Detailed analysis of audiotaped interviews of children's performance during a Piagetian-type clinical interview suggests that children's conceptual understandings of dinosaurs are first developed at a tacit level from…
Descriptors: Animals, Constructivism (Learning), Dinosaurs, Elementary Education