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ERIC Number: EJ907330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Jelly Making: Children's Science Discourse and Thinking
Ng, Wan
Teaching Science, v56 n3 p13-18 Sep 2010
By the age of seven, many children would have eaten jelly and many would have experienced its preparation by watching adults. This small scale study explores the use of different levels of thinking skills and language in discussing the process of jelly making among Grade 2 students. Semi-structured, one-to-one interviews with fifteen students were used to elicit their existing conceptions about jelly making and to gather information about their ability to conceptualise further when the conditions of jelly making are changed. The results show that the students have a solid grasp of the procedural process of jelly making and could describe the phenomena at the macroscopic level, but there were variations in their cognitive abilities to grasp the abstract at the microscopic level and to translate their prior knowledge to new situations. The study provides insights into children's view of the world and their ability to apply different levels of thinking. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A