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Preschool children's perceptions of the conditions and sources needed for the survival of organisms

Urška Studen (2013) Preschool children's perceptions of the conditions and sources needed for the survival of organisms. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The diploma thesis presents how pre-school children interpret the conditions and sources essential for the survival of organisms in space and time, and how pre-school children imagine the process of nourishment and the importance of food for an organism (using a dog as a case study). Differences between experiential learning and picture-based learning are explained, too. A dog was included in the process of active (experiential) learning to stimulate the children in terms of their perception and understanding of conditions essential for the survival of an organism. It was assumed that the children who were taught using a live dog would achieve better results than the children who were taught through pictorial learning aids. 54 pre-school children were included in the research – 30 from the Rožle Kindergarten in Naklo and 24 from a unit of the Tržič Kindergarten in Križe. The first part of the research was performed in May 2012, while the second part was carried out in October 2012. The newly-acquired knowledge and perceptions of pre-school children were determined through carrying out interviews before and after the pedagogic intervention. Each of the children was asked to answer five questions. Noteworthy differences between the two groups include differences in the children’s perceptions and newly-acquired knowledge about nourishment and the importance of food for an organism (e.g., a dog). The children taught through using a poster remembered fewer details and were less emotionally involved that the children participating in experiential learning.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: pre-school children, a dog, conditions, sources, an organism, experiential learning
    Number of Pages: 40
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Gregor TorkarMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9548617)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1282
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 07:04
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 17:58
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1282

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