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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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Athanasiou, Kyriacos; Katakos, Efstratios; Papadopoulou, Penelope – Journal of Biological Education, 2012
In this study, we explored the factors related to acceptance of evolutionary theory among students/preservice preschool education teachers using conceptual ecology for biological evolution as a theoretical frame. We aimed to examine the acceptance and understanding of evolutionary theory and also the relationship of acceptance and understanding of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evolution, Biology, Concept Formation
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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