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ERIC Number: EJ771254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 39
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Beyond Shape and Gravity: Children's Ideas about the Earth in Space Reconsidered
Sharp, John G.; Sharp, Jane C.
Research Papers in Education, v22 n3 p363-401 Sep 2007
Children's ideas about the Earth in space have been of interest to science educators and cognitive psychologists for some time. By focusing almost exclusively on shape and gravity alone, however, other important Earth attributes have been largely neglected or overlooked. Findings from a quasi-experimental study of knowledge acquisition and concept learning in astronomy among 9- to 11-year-olds attending a single primary school in England are presented which not only begin to address the situation but challenge some of the common assertions in this field. The processes of weak and radical knowledge restructuring and conceptual extension as well as conceptual change are exemplified. Earth correctness and scoring rubric is appended. (Contains 13 tables and 4 figures.)
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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 (England)