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Leddon, Erin M.; Waxman, Sandra R.; Medin, Douglas L. – Journal of Cognition and Development, 2008
Decades of research have documented in school-aged children a persistent difficulty apprehending an overarching biological concept that encompasses animate entities such as humans and nonhuman animals, as well as plants. This has led many researchers to conclude that young children have yet to integrate plants and animate entities into a concept…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Classification, Biology, Animals
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Narli, Serkan; Yorek, Nurettin; Sahin, Mehmet; Usak, Muhammet – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2010
This study investigates the possibility of analyzing educational data using the theory of rough sets which is mostly employed in the fields of data analysis and data mining. Data were collected using an open-ended conceptual understanding test of the living things administered to first-year high school students. The responses of randomly selected…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Data Analysis, High School Students, Classification
Wax, Naomi; Stavy, Ruth – 1987
In this study, the attitudes of Israeli children aged 6 to 15 years were surveyed regarding their conceptions of plants as living things. It was desired to find out whether children consider plants to be alive, the knowledge differences between the different age groups in the study, how children classify plants according to biological criteria and…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Botany, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures
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Yorek, Nurettin; Sahin, Mehmet; Aydin, Halil – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2009
This study investigated the characteristics students use in attributing value to and classifying the living things; the relational construction of the life concepts and the living things and the place of human in this construction. Participants were first-year high school students from seven schools in Izmir (a large western city in Turkey). An…
Descriptors: Interviews, Classification, Foreign Countries, Quality of Life
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Somanader, Mark C.; Saylor, Megan M.; Levin, Daniel T. – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2011
Children use goal-directed motion to classify agents as living things from early in infancy. In the current study, we asked whether preschoolers are flexible in their application of this criterion by introducing them to robots that engaged in goal-directed motion. In one case the robot appeared to move fully autonomously, and in the other case it…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Motion, Robotics, Technology Uses in Education
Marson, J. Eric – 1971
Nuffield Secondary Science is a set of tested materials from which teachers can prepare courses for students in grades 9-11 (approximately) who do not intend to major in science. The materials are designed for British secondary schools. The Teachers' Guide to the entire set of Themes is described in SE 015 440. Each Theme is a teachers' guide to a…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Ecology, Environmental Education, Instruction
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Carrier, Sarah J.; Thomas, Annie B. – Science and Children, 2008
Elementary teachers of science are at a great advantage because observation--collecting information about the world using the five senses--and classification--sorting things by properties--come so naturally to children. Many examples of classification occur in science: Scientists, for example, group things starting with large categories, such as…
Descriptors: Classification, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Manipulative Materials
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Merck, Catherine; Jonin, Pierre-Yves; Vichard, Helene; Boursiquot, Sandrine Le Moal; Leblay, Virginie; Belliard, Serge – Brain and Language, 2013
Category-specific deficits have rarely been reported in semantic dementia (SD). To our knowledge, only four previous studies have documented category-specific deficits, and these have focused on the living versus non-living things contrast rather than on more fine-grained semantic categories. This study aimed to determine whether a…
Descriptors: Alzheimers Disease, Semantics, Patients, Food
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Li, Degao; Gao, Kejuan; Wu, Xueyun; Xong, Ying; Chen, Xiaojun; He, Weiwei; Li, Ling; Huang, Jingjia – American Annals of the Deaf, 2015
Two experiments investigated Chinese deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) adolescents' recognition of category names in an innovative task of semantic categorization. In each trial, the category-name target appeared briefly at the screen center followed by two words or two pictures for two basic-level exemplars of high or middle typicality, which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Hearing Impairments, Deafness, Adolescents
Utica City School District, NY. – 1975
Two-column objectives are listed for an integrated science curriculum (grades K-12), often subheaded according to science area (biology, physical science), and grade level. Choices of environmental topics such as weather, conservation of natural resources, and the interdependence of organisms and environment dominate objectives written for grades…
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Guides, Ecology, Educational Objectives
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de Wit, Bianca; Kinoshita, Sachiko – Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2014
Semantic priming effects at a short prime-target stimulus onset asynchrony are commonly explained in terms of an automatic spreading activation process. According to this view, the proportion of related trials should have no impact on the size of the semantic priming effect. Using a semantic categorization task ("Is this a living…
Descriptors: Priming, Semantics, Classification, Time
Brophy, M.; Fryars, M. – 1983
Seychelles Integrated Science (SIS), a 3-year laboratory-based science program for students (ages 11-15) in upper primary grades 7, 8, and 9, was developed from an extensive evaluation and modification of previous P7-P9 materials. This P7 SIS unit is designed to: (1) help students develop an elementary understanding of how living things can be…
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Classification, Curriculum Development
Padover, Ann – Academic Therapy, 1973
Criticized are conventional special education approaches which are said to diagnose, label, and exclude handicapped children from educational services; and described is the diagnostic prescriptive teacher model developed at George Washington University in Washington,D.C. (DB)
Descriptors: Classification, Diagnostic Teaching, Exceptional Child Education, Handicapped Children
Utica City School District, NY. – 1975
Two-column objectives are listed for an integrated science curriculum (grades K-12), often subheaded according to science area (biology, general science, physical science, earth science) and grade level. In grades K-6, objectives for topics of science study include conditions for plants and animals to live, adaptation, conservation,…
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Biology, Curriculum Guides, Earth Science
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Jambrina, Carmen Urones; Vacas, Jose Manuel; Sanchez-Barbudo, Miguel – Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, 2010
Introduction: This article explores the scientific ideas and alternative conceptions that pre-service teachers have regarding animal classification and spiders in particular. Method: The study involved 40 pre-service teachers of elementary education in Spain and the data was collected by means of questionnaires, descriptions and drawings. The…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions
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