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Young Maltese children's ideas about plants

Gatt, Suzanne and Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale and Borg, Kirsten and Lautier, Katya (2007) Young Maltese children's ideas about plants. Journal of Biological Education, 41. pp. 117-121. ISSN 0021-9266. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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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 were not classified as plants. Children’s knowledge was observed to increase with age. Parents were identified as the main source of knowledge; schools were rarely mentioned. Maltese teachers should be made aware of children’s limited knowledge about plants and they need to use readily available resources in schools to expose pre-school children to the plants in their immediate surroundings.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Primary; Plants; Alternative; Frameworks; Children’s ideas
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 01 May 2009 15:01
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:31
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