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Title: The origin, structure and development of children's concepts of the Earth
Author: Martin, Alan Elliot
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2005
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The research contained in this thesis was designed to assess the origin, structure and development of children's concepts of the earth. The research programme began as an evaluation of Vosniadou's mental model theory (Vosniadou & Brewer, 1992. However, Vosniadou's findings were not replicated and the research programme became focused on developing an alternative account of conceptual development using a range of novel research methods to assess children's concepts of the earth. The thesis begins with a review of the relevant theories and research into children's conceptual development in general and children's concepts of the earth in particular. The first empirical study is an exploration of children's concepts of the earth and the results indicate that Vosniadou's mental model theory is not supported. The second study is a methodological comparison between the drawing method used by Vosniadou and the 3D model selection method used in the first study. This establishes that there are flaws with the drawing method and that the 3D model method is a more sensitive method of assessing children's concepts of the earth. The third study involves the use of wh- questions to compel children to make explicit the reasoning behind their thinking about the earth. This reveals that children's thinking about the earth lacks coherence. The forth study consisted of a pictorial Q-sort of iconic representations of the earth. This revealed children' depth of preference for some properties of the earth over others. The fifth study involved an investigation of children's concept of gravity and revealed that children's thinking in this domain also lacks the coherence. The thesis ends with a summary of the research findings and a proposed model for the origin, structure and development of children's concepts of the earth.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.487409  DOI: Not available
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