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Students' understandings of human organs and organ systems

Reiss, Michael and Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale (2001) Students' understandings of human organs and organ systems. Research in Science Education, 31. pp. 383-399. ISSN 0157-244X. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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How do people develop their understanding of what is inside them? This study looks at students' understandings of their internal structure. A cross-sectional approach was used involving a total of 158 students in England from six different age groups (ranging from 4 year-olds to first year undergraduates). Students were given a blank piece of A4-sized paper and asked to draw what they thought was inside themselves. Repeated inspections of the completed drawings allowed us to construct a seven point scale of these representations. Our analysis shows the extent to which student understanding increases with age and the degree to which pupils know more about some organs and organ systems than others. While gender differences in the drawings were generally not large there were some intriguing differences in the ways males and females drew reproductive organs.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: All ages, England
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Katie Mooney
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2009 16:21
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 07:52
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