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ERIC Number: EJ1037149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
The Lifeworld Earth and a Modelled Earth
Juuti, Kalle
Science & Education, v23 n8 p1663-1680 Aug 2014
The goal of this paper is to study the question of whether a phenomenological view of the Earth could be empirically endorsed. The phenomenological way of thinking considers the Earth as a material entity, but not as an object as viewed in science. In the learning science tradition, tracking the process of the conceptual change of the shape of the Earth, science's view of the Earth as an object--a celestial body--has been applied. I reanalysed data published in Vosniadou and Brewer's ("Cognit psychol" 24:535-585, 1992) seminal paper. According to my reanalysis of their interview material, it is plausible to conclude that the Earth as an infinite surface is the way to experience the Earth. Further, the "dual Earth model" is the first model of the Earth as an object. I conclude that experiences in the lifeworld need to be taken into consideration more seriously in science education research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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