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ERIC Number: EJ890625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Day/Night Cycle: Mental Models of Primary School Children
Chiras, Andreas
Science Education International, v19 n1 p65-83 Mar 2008
The study investigated the mental models of primary school children related to the day/night cycle. Semi-structure interviews were conducted with 40 fourth-grade and 40 sixth-grade children. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the data indicated that the majority of the children were classified as having geocentric models. The results also indicated that a large number of primary school children did not appropriately conceptualize the essential prerequisites for understanding the day/night cycle, and that their observational skills were limited. It was also concluded that children's age (class) and their mathematical achievement were good predictors for the quality of their mental models. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A