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Haverly, Christa; Sedlmeyer, Kim – Science and Children, 2019
Formative assessments serve to engage students in active sense-making, making them critical tools for both teachers and students. Though formative assessments may be an informal mode of assessing, they are one of the most important, especially when teaching science. As a subject, teaching science does not have the same kind of beginning-middle-end…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Grade 1, Elementary School Science
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Chiras, Andreas – Science Education International, 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…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Models, Interviews, Time Perspective
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Dogru, Mustafa; Seker, Fatih – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2012
Present research aims to determine the effect of science activities on concept development of preschool period age 5-6 children groups. Parallel to research objective, qualitative research pattern has been the selected method. Study group comprises of collectively 48 children from 5-6 age group attending to a private education institution in city…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Activities, Concept Formation, Astronomy
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Diakidoy, Irene-Anna; Vosniadou, Stella; Hawks, Jackson D. – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 1997
Examines perceptions concerning the shape of the earth and the causes of the day/night cycle among American Indian children. Interviews with 26 Lakota/Dakota elementary children revealed a preference for a synthetic model of the earth and animistic explanations for the day/night cycle. Includes excerpts from the interviews. (MJP)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indians, Astronomy, Cognitive Development
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Dove, Jane – International Journal of Science Education, 2002
Analyzes the answers provided by (n=98) 12-year-old students to questions on an end-of-the-year science examination. Points out that although students are able to explain day and night, they have difficulties explaining why the moon always presents the same face to Earth. Addresses implications for teaching and learning. (Contains 17 references.)…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Concept Formation, Earth Science, Educational Strategies
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Siegal, Michael; Butterworth, George; Newcombe, Peter A. – Developmental Science, 2004
In this investigation, we examined children's knowledge of cosmology in relation to the shape of the earth and the day-night cycle. Using explicit questioning involving a choice of alternative answers and 3D models, we carried out a comparison of children aged 4-9 years living in Australia and England. Though Australia and England have a close…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries, Concept Formation, Astronomy
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Roald, Ingvild; Mikalsen, Oyvind – International Journal of Science Education, 2001
Reports and analyzes the day and night cycle, the seasons, and the phases of the moon as seen by Norwegian deaf pupils aged 7, 9, 11, and 17 years, and by hearing Norwegian pupils 9 years old. Among the 9-year-olds there was no difference in the inner coherence of the conceptions between deaf pupils. (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Concept Formation, Deafness, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gazit, Elhanan; Yair, Yoav; Chen, David – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2005
This study describes high school students' conceptual development of the basic astronomical phenomena during real-time interactions with a Virtual Solar System (VSS). The VSS is a non-immersive virtual environment which has a dynamic frame of reference that can be altered by the user. Ten 10th grade students were given tasks containing a set of…
Descriptors: Astronomy, High School Students, Concept Formation, Interaction
Vosniadou, Stella – 1989
This paper presents findings from research on knowledge acquisition in observational astronomy to demonstrate the kinds of intuitive models children form and to show how these models influence the acquisition of science knowledge. Sixty children of approximate ages 6, 9, and 12 were given a questionnaire to investigate their knowledge of the size,…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Earth Science