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Guided obsevation of amphibians in kindergarten: observations and interests of children

Barbara Brulc (2013) Guided obsevation of amphibians in kindergarten: observations and interests of children. Diploma thesis.

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    Preschool children learn most out of their own experience when they can touch, observe, test, smell, listen to/experience. Unfortunately they often get in touch with nature which should be their everyday environment through books, films, cartoons and other media. Teachers in nursery schools have the opportunity, power and duty to help them experience and get in touch with everything that is around them. Especially when living creatures are observed child's own experience is of vital importance. We have to be aware of the fact that experience is the most powerful tool of memory. When dealing with animal experience that causes prejudice the first experience with that animal is essential. Prejudices are often gained by influence and experience of other people. The role of nursery teachers plays a very important part at this stage. The diploma thesis introduces what impact guided observations of amphibians have on children's interest and observations. The first theoretical part introduces nature as one of the areas discussed about in nursery schools and defines the term experiential learning. Amphibians are presented, especially a toad and a salamander. A child's picture is interpreted and cognitive differences between girls and boys are presented. The second empirical part of the thesis introduces the results of the qualitative research which was carried out by half-structured interview and analyis of children's pictures of the toad and the salamander. Our wish was to find out what preschool children wanted to learn about amphibians before and after guided observations, how guided observations affected their visual perception about these animals and whether boys and girls asked different questions. The results show that children are more interested in amphibians after guided observations. This means that after seeing the animals, they have more questions about them. Furthermore, they can draw more details after observations. Children show great interest in amphibians' behaviour and way of life. It can be said that before observations girls have more questions, whereas the situation is different after them.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: guided observation, amphibians, adventure, experience, questions, interest, visual perception, differences, boys, girls
    Number of Pages: 47
    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=9651529)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1518
    Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 13:10
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 17:58
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1518

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