CHILDREN’S CONCEPTIONS OF ANIMAL BREATHING: A CROSS – AGE AND CROSS – CULTURAL COMPARISON

TitleCHILDREN’S CONCEPTIONS OF ANIMAL BREATHING: A CROSS – AGE AND CROSS – CULTURAL COMPARISON
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsProkop, P, Usak, M, Özel, M, Fančovičová, J
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume8
Issue3
Start Page191-207
Date PublishedOctober/2009
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 902227
Keywordsalternative conceptions, breathing, primary children
Abstract

Research on children’s ideas about biological phenomena showed that their interpretations of natural phenomena often differ from those of scientists. The purpose of this study was to investigate children’s ideas about animal breathing systems. This study was descriptive in nature and consisted of a cross age and cross cultural design involving the collection of qualitative data from a total of 549 children from two distinct countries, Slovakia (n = 248) and Turkey (n = 301). The results revealed that understandings of invertebrates breathing systems were generally poorer than understandings of vertebrates breathing systems. Turkish children acquired better scores than Slovakian children. Although some children were able to identify breathing organs of animals, they had difficulties with describing how breathing works.

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Refereed DesignationRefereed