ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ IDEAS ABOUT WATER TRANSPORT IN PLANTS

TitleELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ IDEAS ABOUT WATER TRANSPORT IN PLANTS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsÇokadar, H, Özel, M
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume7
Issue3
Start Page155-164
Date PublishedOctober/2008
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 877558
Keywordselementary science education, plants, student ideas, water transport
Abstract

Research into students’ ideas showed that students’ interpretations of natural phenomena often differ from those of scientists. The aim of this study was to identify elementary level students’ ideas about water transport in plants. A questionnaire with three open-ended items and multiple choice question was administered to 591 students from 7 primary schools. Students’ ideas were examined in five categories using content analysis technique. The students’ responses with sound understanding for the “need for water”, for the “water uptake”, and for the “water loss” in plants took place in the interval of 2 to 10 percent, 16 to 30 percent, and 2 to 4 percent, respectively. Half of the students’ responses showed that the teacher was the main source of information about plants.

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Refereed DesignationRefereed