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Children's Ideas in Science,9780335150403

Children's Ideas in Science

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/1/1985
Publisher(s): MCG
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Children arrive in their science classrooms with their own ideas and interpretations of the phenomena they are to study even when they have received no systematic instruction in these subjects whatsoever. These ideas and interpretations are a natural result of everyday experience - of practical physical activities, of talking with other people, and of the media. This book documents and explores the ideas of school students (aged 10-16) about a range of natural phenomena such as light, heat, force and motion, the structure of matter and electricity. It also examines how students' conceptions change and develop with teaching. The editors have brought together science educators who come from different parts of the work but whose work is focused on the same determination to bring insight into the conceptual world of children in science classrooms - insight which will be helpful in making science teaching and learning more rewarding for teachers and children alike.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
Contributors x
Children's Ideas and the Learning of Science
Rosalind Driver
Edith Guesne
Andree Tiberghien
Edith Guesne
Electricity in Simple Circuits
David Shipstone
Heat and Temperature
Gaalen Erickson
Andree Tiberghien
Force and Motion
Richard Gunstone
Michael Watts
The Gaseous State
Marie Genieve Sere
The Particulate Nature of Matter in the Gaseous Phase
Joseph Nussbaum
Beyond Appearances: The Conservation of Matter under Physical and Chemical Transformations
Rosalind Driver
The Earth as a Cosmic Body
Joseph Nussbaum
Some Features of Children's Ideas and their Implications for Teaching
Rosalind Driver
Edith Guesne
Andree Tiberghien
Index 202

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