Accounting for Natural Phenomena: Explanatory Modes Used by Children

By Vasilia Christidou.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A framework for classifying children's explanations about dissolution, floating, magnetic forces, plant nutrition and the water cycle is presented. Explanations are classified as naturalistic, non-naturalisic, or synthetic.

Keywords: Explanation, Preschool children, Natural phenomena

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp.21-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 872.157KB).

Dr. Vasilia Christidou

Dr Vasilia Christidou is an Assistant Professor in the University of Thessaly Department of Preschool Education. She specializes in Science Education. Her current research interests concern teaching and learning in science, children’s ideas in science, the promotion of Public Understanding of Science, and the process of recontextualization of scientific texts addressed to non-experts. She has participated in a number of projects aiming at analysing and producing teaching material for science at both primary and secondary education.


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