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Villarroel, José Domingo – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
This study examines the drawings that elementary grade school children make on the subject of plant life. More specifically, the pictorial elements drawn by children are analysed together with their colour choices and the size of coloured surfaces. Furthermore, the results are put into perspective with the age of the children in the sample. The…
Descriptors: Young Children, Elementary School Students, Freehand Drawing, Plants (Botany)
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Martínez-Losada, Cristina; García-Barros, Susana; Garrido, María – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
This study analysed the characteristics that children in the initial stages of schooling attribute to living beings. Interviews were conducted with 138 children aged 3-7 years in a school in the Spanish city of A Coruña, Galicia. Aspects found in pen-and-paper activities dealing with living beings, provided by the teachers (158 in total) at this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students, Interviews
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Villarroel, José Domingo; Infante, Guillermo – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
This paper looks at the drawings of a sample of 118 children aged between 4 and 7 years old on the topic of plant life and relates the content to their knowledge of the concept of living things. The research project uses two types of tests: a task to analyse the level of understanding of the concept of living things and a free drawing activity.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Young Children, Plants (Botany)
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Jiménez-Tejada, María-Pilar; Sánchez-Monsalve, Cristina; González-García, Francisco – Journal of Biological Education, 2013
This article presents research concerning the way in which primary school pupils in southern Spain interpret the concepts of population and species. The results show that, for the concept of population, there was an intense anthropocentrism in pupils' responses, while for the concept of species, only animals were considered as living creatures.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Concept Teaching, Population Education