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Rybska, Eliza; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Sajkowska, Zofia Anna – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
Trees are important to the environment owing to their ecological services. However, many aspects of their form and function are poorly understood by the public. From their earliest years, children have an elementary knowledge about plants which they gain from their everyday observations, their parents and other people and from their kindergarten…
Descriptors: Forestry, Kindergarten, Elementary School Students, Age Differences
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Prokop, Pavol; Fancovicová, Jana; Krajcovicová, Adriána – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
Children's ideas concerning natural phenomena often differ from those of scientists, and these ideas are termed as alternative conceptions. The prevalence of alternative conceptions is highest among young children who possess less experience with the natural world as compared with adults. Children's ideas about micro-organisms are of special…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Experience, Diseases, Scientific Concepts
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Gatt, Suzanne; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Borg, Kurtsten; Lautier, Katya – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Fifty Maltese children, 25 in the second year of pre-school (4 years olds) and 25 in the first year of compulsory education (5 years old), were interviewed about their knowledge of plants. Analysis showed that they had a restricted understanding of the term, meaning something small, with a thin stalk, leaves and a flower. Trees, cacti and nettles…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Early Childhood Education