Primary School Pupils’ Experiences of Light and Shadow

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Publication Conference Poster
Title Primary School Pupils’ Experiences of Light and Shadow
Author Murman, Lydia ; Holmqvist, Mona
Date 2017
English abstract
The aim of this study is to generate new knowledge about how pupils in grade 4 understand the concepts light and shadow, informing our knowledge about pupil knowledge development as well as to contribute with results to improve science education. In total 18 pupils in grades 2,3 and 4 (8-11 years old) participated in group interviews consisting of 3 pupils in each. During the interviews, children were asked questions, and made drawings of light and shadows. Data consists of 6 group interviews and 18 drawings. The result shows how the pupils mainly experience light and shadows as reflections of light, and by that neglect e.g. shadows on the floor under a table under a lamp hanging from the ceiling. Instead, in their drawings they show how the light produces reflections of the lamp, table and table legs at the walls and on the floor. The strong linkage between shadows and reflections/ images suggests that introducing a model of light seems necessary to provide for alternative explanations of shadows.
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The 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association - ESERA (August 21-25, 2017 : Dublin, Ireland)
Link http://keynote.conference-services.net/resources/4... (external link to publication)
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24122 Permalink to this page
Link http://www.esera2017.org/... (external link to related web page)
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