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Project work: »From grass to ice cream«

Alenka Klemenčič (2013) Project work: »From grass to ice cream«. Diploma work.

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    The diploma thesis presents the process of the research of a closed-ended problem, namely on the subject of “From Grass to Ice Cream”. The children’s own activity in the research of the “milk path” (grass-cow-milk-dairy-dairy products-ice cream-shop) is presented. The first part of the theoretical part summarises what natural science for children should be like, presents learning according to High/Scoop’s preschool curriculum, and describes the closed-ended research method. The second part touches upon the living environment and the meaning of a healthy diet, milk and dairy products to be exact. The empirical part includes the research data in which 64 preschool children participated in the age group from 5 to 6 years. The questions in the questionnaire are structured to reveal their perceptions of the importance of milk for the human organism, where we get milk from, what dairy products are, etc. The practical part includes active participation and getting the children acquainted with the close and wider social and living environment. Following the introductory activity (a surprise box), children were introduced to the research problem and were completely motivated for their research and game. They became genuine little researchers who found themselves in a multitude of information. Through the project, they became acquainted with the work on a farm, the animals that give milk, the work in dairies, different dairy products, and, last but not least, the entire path “from grass to ice cream”. In the process of research, they developed a sense of mutual cooperation and the ability of critical evaluation, and gained new knowledge and information. Children’s curiosity, their innate desire to explore and their own activity led them to new findings. This was also demonstrated by the final questionnaire given to the children, because their perception changed drastically after the completed activities.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma work)
    Keywords: preschool child, primary natural science, active learning, closed-ended research, milk and dairy products, ice cream
    Number of Pages: 69
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Barbara BajdMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9676361)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1569
    Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 11:06
    Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 11:06
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1569

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