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Tao, Ying; Oliver, Mary; Venville, Grady – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore Chinese and Australian primary children's conceptual understandings of the Earth. The research was conducted in the interpretive paradigm and was designed to be descriptive with comparative and cross sectional elements. Participants were Year 3 and Year 6 children from three schools in Hunan Province,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Concept Formation, Earth Science, Scientific Concepts
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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