Comparing Children's and Student Teachers' Ideas about Science Concepts

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HDL Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2428/8273
Title:
Comparing Children's and Student Teachers' Ideas about Science Concepts
Authors:
Kerr, Karen; Beggs, Jim; Murphy, Colette
Abstract:
Children and teachers may not think in the same way about particular science concepts. Such parallel lines of thought can compound children’s confusion and misunderstanding as they learn science at primary school. The situation could be more acute when student teachers are teaching science, because of their limited experience of considering children’s ideas. This paper investigates children’s and student teachers’ ideas about certain science concepts: ‘animal’, ‘flower’, ‘living’, ‘force’ and ‘energy’. The ideas and understandings of 96 children and 168 student teachers were explored. Results showed that the student teachers and children had similar ideas about ‘flower’ and ‘animal’, whereas they evidenced very different responses to ‘living’, ‘energy’ and ‘force’. Implications for classroom practice are considered.
Citation:
Irish Educational Studies 2006, 25:3
Issue Date:
Sep-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2428/8273
DOI:
10.1080/03323310600913732
Additional Links:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t716100713~db=all
Type:
Working Paper
Language:
en
ISSN:
03323315
Appears in Collections:
Journal PapersCurriculum

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dc.contributor.authorKerr, Karen; Beggs, Jim; Murphy, Colette-
dc.date.accessioned2007-02-08T11:49:41Z-
dc.date.available2007-02-08T11:49:41Z-
dc.date.issued2006-09-
dc.identifier.citationIrish Educational Studies 2006, 25:3en
dc.identifier.issn03323315-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03323310600913732-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2428/8273-
dc.description.abstractChildren and teachers may not think in the same way about particular science concepts. Such parallel lines of thought can compound children’s confusion and misunderstanding as they learn science at primary school. The situation could be more acute when student teachers are teaching science, because of their limited experience of considering children’s ideas. This paper investigates children’s and student teachers’ ideas about certain science concepts: ‘animal’, ‘flower’, ‘living’, ‘force’ and ‘energy’. The ideas and understandings of 96 children and 168 student teachers were explored. Results showed that the student teachers and children had similar ideas about ‘flower’ and ‘animal’, whereas they evidenced very different responses to ‘living’, ‘energy’ and ‘force’. Implications for classroom practice are considered.en
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dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t716100713~db=allen
dc.subjectChildren’s ideasen
dc.subjectStudent teachers’ ideasen
dc.subjectScience conceptsen
dc.subjectNorthern Irelanden
dc.titleComparing Children's and Student Teachers' Ideas about Science Conceptsen
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